RESERVED - Typical Photographs of Burma – Burmese Life and Scenes - Felice Beato Circa 1920 - Rowe & Co. Ltd., Rangoon A nice tourist album produced for the luxury department store Rowe & Co., containing 111 photographs, each numbered and indexed. The majority of photographs have been accredited to Felice Beato, considered one of the first war photographers and well known for his work in Burma where he had his own studio.

Rowe & Co. whose beautiful building can be seen in the second photograph, was one of the British colonial emporia or department stores in Rangoon (as was Whiteaway, Laidlaw in Calcutta, Spencer's in Madras, Cargill's in Colombo and Lane, Crawford was in Hong Kong ). Established in 1866 as a drapers and general merchants by Mr RV Rowe, the Company published a 300-page illustrated catalogue four times annually, exhibiting wares from its various departments; of course, ladies' and gentlemen's outfitters, drapery, millinery, crockery & glassware, trunks, cutlery, watches & clocks, saddlery amongst others.
  In the book, 'Songs of the Survivors' - edited by Yvonne Vaz Ezdaniit, Rowe & Co is described as, " had a really lovely toy shop. Amongst the offerings for the Christmas of 1941, they had displayed a fine electric train set with a layout of tunnels, bridges, shunting yards and the works. Its price tag made sure that I did not get it, although Daddy was tempted."

The flagship Edwardian premises were designed by architects firm Messrs Charles F Stevens & Co from Bombay. As of 2015 it was largely derelict, but intact.

Reference: Schwertner,
Burma Bibliographical Project T121.

pp. 74. In publisher’s wrappers, stapled and with string bind.
  Condition: Very good, spine of wrappers torn, small staple stain to front wrapper, 4cm closed tear to page 39. Small gift inscription.   Ref: 107505   Price: HK$ 2,900