Lot 235 of 429:
Original photographs of Egypt  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyer's Premium):$2,160
Estimate:
$2,000 - $3,000

Title:
Album with 98 mounted photographs of Egypt
Author:
Place:
Various places
Publisher:
Date:
c.1870-1890
Description:

Includes 89 albumen photographs by J.P. Sebah, Felix Bonfils, G. Lekegian and others; and 9 photochrom color prints published by Photochrom Zürich. Images approx. 27x21 cm (10½x8¼") or reverse, affixed with adhesive at corners to black album leaves. Many captioned and/or signed in the negatives, some with later white pencil captions on the album leaves. The album measures 25.8x34 cm (10¼x13¼"), flexible cloth.

Uncommon selection of views of Egypt, most apparently from Cairo but extending south up the Nile. Notable are the numerous street scenes, including peddlers and tradesmen, laborers, women, bazaars, cafes, water carriers, barbers, rug merchants, bedouins, a panorama of Cairo, Shepheard's Hotel, dervishes, boats on the Nile, interiors and exteriors of mosques, plus a pyramid or two. Thirty-nine of the albumen photographs are signed in the negatives by J.P. Sebah; five are signed by Feliks Bonfilx; and four by G. Lekegian. The color photochrom prints are quite striking, an early use of the new process. Laid in is an early manuscript itinerary for a trip from Cairo up the Nile to Khartoum, returning to Cairo then to Palestine, Port Said and eventually Naples. The album with manufacturer's label of Piltzer Mfg. Co. of Los Angeles on inside back cover; apparently assembled later from images acquired on the trip.

Lot Amendments
Condition:
Fading to some images, but overall in very good or better condition.
 
Item number:
305328
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