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Peter van de Kamp

Time: October 13, 2011 from 6pm to 7pm
Location: Leyden
Event Type: snouck, hurgronje, c., mekka., die, stadt, &, ihre, herren.
Organized By: Peter van de Kamp
Latest Activity: Oct 13, 2011

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VAN DER WAL, D., Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje: The first Western Photograppher in Mecca, 1884-1885, Amsterdam 2011. Hard cover 21,5 x 27 cm. 55 pag. with 35 photo’s. Vol.9 of Rijksmuseum studies in Photography.

Auction: Burgersdijk & Niermans/Templum Salomonis, Leyden. November 15th and 16th

SNOUCK HURGRONJE, C. Mekka. Die Stadt & ihre Herren. - Aus dem heutigen Leben. - Bilderatlas zu Mekka. 's-Grav., Nijhoff, 1888-89. 2 vols. of text & 1 vol. of plates. xxiii, 228, (2) pp., 3 double-p. genealogical trees, 2 fold. plans; xviii, 397 pp. W. 65 mounted collotypes on 30 lvs., 10 lithogr. (4 cold. & 6 tinted, of which 1 double-p.), and 1 content leaf. Lge-8º (2) & fol. Cont. hcf. & or. clothbacked portfol. w. ties, the text vols. in new slipcase. (Portfol, professionally restored (i.a. cloth re-inforced), some foxing to plates in places (espec. the lithographs), spines text vols. only slightly rubbed, but in all in perfect condition).

¶ Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje (1857-1936), Orientalist, professor and colonial advisor to the Dutch government, was one of the first Europeans who had expressly converted to Islam in order to set foot in the Holy Muslim city of Mecca. He gives a description of the Meccan sanctuary and of the public and private life of the Meccans as observed from February to August 1885. When entering the city of Mecca he called this "the great event of my life" and "the beginning of a medieval dream". The scientific results of his visit were presented in this famous work which brought him international fame. The rare volume of plates is unique in that they contain the first detailed photographs of Mecca, the first portraits of Meccans of different social classes (from sheiks, sharifs, members of the middle class to slaves), and the first portraits of hajjis from different parts of the world, from Yemen to Java. - Cf. D. v.d. Wal. Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje: The first Western photographer in Mecca, 1884-85. (2011); Henze V, 177.

Snouck Hurgronje, C. mekka mecca 

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