Limited Edition Collector’s Item: Malay Peninsula

Sometimes we dream of the olden days with such longing nostalgia. Looking back at old films, admiring the age of innocence. So it’s with pleasure to share with you a Limited Edition book, cloth-bound in hardback, containing 144 sumptuous pages of original old photographs from the personal collection of HRH Sultan of Selangor.

Titled: “Malay Peninsula: Old Photographs of Malaya and Singapore by Kleingrothe c.1900“, it is a true collector’s item from an avid collector – my father who has always collected artefacts related to the history of Selangor, Malaysia and the Malay world. His collection ranges from rare krises, antique books, maps and prints of Malaya. If I’d wanted to write a thesis on Malaya history, I’d have to look no further than his library.

Malay Peninsula, Sultan Selangor

Who was this Kleingrothe? Charles Kleingrothe was a German photographer active in the Malay Archipelago at the turn of the 20th century, based in Sumatra. Illustrated beautifully with historical explanation, the 140 photographs in photogravure show Selangor, Perak, Penang, Negri Sembilan, Malacca, Johor and Singapore – produced by French publishers Editions Didier Millet.

Malay Peninsula book - Sultan Selangor

Perhaps where we’re lucky, is that many of these buildings still stand today – a testimony to time and beauty. Although captured in sepia, one can imagine the colourful life, people, landscapes and architecture during that period. As the Raja Muda of Perak said in his speech at the book launch: “some landmarks no longer exist, but these images remain and they have the power to concretise our dramatic history.”

Malaya, Sultan Selangor

What is important here, is to acknowledge that heritage belongs to everyone.  This was the purpose to launch such a project otherwise it’s just too easy to keep these for yourself, don’t you think? The pleasure is in the sharing.

Malay Peninsula

Malaya Sultan Selangor

So now this book can also be yours! Whether it’s for a gift or for yourself, this limited edition book is a keeper.

If you’re interested as there was only 2,500 copies published, for RM400 (good value for how it looks!) then please contact:

Puan Norrimah at tel: +603-2145 2863 or fax: +603-2142 0958 or email: and quote us FROG AND PRINCESS as your source.

We, for one, can assure you it makes a great gift! 🙂




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