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Auction: Francis Frith, Egypt, Sinai, and Jerusalem

Sotheby's auction of Fine Travel and Plate Books, A private collection includes a copy of Francis Frith's Egypt, Sinai, and Jerusalem: a series of twenty photographic views. London, [c.1858]. The copy is estimated at £100,000-150,000.  The catalogue will be available online at sothebys.com shortly.  

The lot description reads:

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Frith, Francis. Egypt, Sinai, and Jerusalem: a series of twenty

photographic views... with descriptions by Mrs Poole and Reginald

Stuart Poole. London: James S. Virtue, [c.1858]

Large folio (738 x 530mm.), 20 mounted albumen prints (485 x

390mm., or the reverse), several signed and dated 1858 in the

negative, contemporary dark green half morocco, flat spine, gilt

edges, upper cover lettered in gilt, some scattered spotting, binding

slightly rubbed, some restoration to spine and corners

“The largest book with the biggest, unenlarged prints ever

published.” (Gernsheim). “Few publications in the history of

photography are its equal in either presentation or ambition. The

twenty photographs feature Egyptian subjects, with just a single

view of Jerusalem. Frith’s views of the Pyramids, in particular, are

ground breaking and became the works for which he is now best

known. The photographs are accompanied by texts written by

Sophia Poole and Reginald Stuart Poole (a mother-and-son team),

recognised writers on Egyptian history and customs” (Imagining

Paradise).

References: Gernsheim, Incunabula (London, 1984) 130; Röhricht

p.506; Hilmy I, p.249; Jacobson, K., Odalisques & Arabesques:

Orientalist Photography 1839-1925 (London, 2007, pp.88-89, 232-234);

Parr and Badger, The Photobook (London, 2007, vol.1, p.28); Foster,

Heiting and Stuhlman, Imagining Paradise (NY, 2007, p.63)

£ 100,000-150,000 € 124,000-186,000

 

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