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Originally published in 1858, the world's largest photo book was sold at auction this week for £337,250 from its original estimate of  £50,000 – £70,000. The book is made up of 20, un-enlarged prints of Egypt, Sinai and Jerusalem taken by Frith during a trip Frith took to the Middle East in 1856 using the wet collodion process. Each measure a colossal 30in x 21in.

Details can be found here and here: 


Egypt, Sinai, and Jerusalem: a Series of Twenty Photographic Views...With descriptions by Mrs. Poole and Reginald Stuart Poole, 20 very large albumen prints, several signed and dated 1858 in the image, contemporary green half morocco, contents working loose [Gernsheim, Incunabula, 130; Goldschmidt & Naef 62], large folio (770 x 550mm.), William Mackenzie, [1858]
Sold for £337,250 inc. premium
  • An excellent copy of Frith's mammoth masterpiece with images measuring 490 x 390mm. "This is the largest book with the biggest, unenlarged prints ever published" (Gernsheim)

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