The lithographs in this book are quite accurate as they are based on original very early daguerreotype photos taken between 1845 and 1847. Guillain persuaded local tribesmen and women to pose for him, creating some of the oldest photographic portraits of Africans and Arabs.
His daguerreotypes, now in the Quai Branly Museum in Paris, have been called 'incunabula in the history of photography'. The eighteen portrait plates, containing over 50 separate photographs, include Abyssinians, Somalis, Swahili, and Omani and Zanzibar Arabs.
The photos also include a photo of the niece of the governor of Zanzibar (see slide-show) wearing jewellery.
This book contains 55 chromo-lithographed maps and prints. The prints being directly derived from very early photographs! Contains two extremely interesting portraits of Omani soldiers. This is one of the earliest prints showing typical Omani arms including: