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The Time of the Knights of the Far Seas

Collector and Patron Jindřich Vávra

The Time of the Knights of the Far Seas
Author: Pavel Scheufler
Category:Books, Photography
Language: English and Czech
Translation: Gwendolyn Albert
Page count: 210
Binding: Hbk
ISBN: 978-80-7437-317-6
EAN: 9788074373176
Date: 2020
Issue number: 1.
Price: 35 EUR
Size: 23 × 21 cm
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This book makes available, to an extent never before published, what are frequently unique photographs from the collection of Jindřich Vávra kept by the Moravian Museum in Brno. Vávra, who was not just a collector, but also especially a naturalist and physician, purposefully collected photographic documentation of his overseas travels, including two circumnavigations of the globe. His photographic collection from 1865–1879, numbering 1,300 photographs, is quite extraordinary. The most impressive shots are from East and Southeast Asia, Australia and North Africa. In addition to a number of anonymous works, Vávra's collection also includes albumen positives from world-renowned photographers such as Samuel Bourne and Wilhelm Burger. For his services, among other awards, Jindřich Vávra received from Emperor Franz Joseph I the coat of arms and title of “Knight of the Far Seas”.