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PROPERTY OF A NOBLEMAN

Frith, Francis
EGYPT, SINAI, AND JERUSALEM: A SERIES OF TWENTY PHOTOGRAPHIC VIEWS... WITH DESCRIPTIONS BY MRS POOLE AND REGINALD STUART POOLE. LONDON: WILLIAM MACKENZIE, [C.1858]
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79

PROPERTY OF A NOBLEMAN

Frith, Francis
EGYPT, SINAI, AND JERUSALEM: A SERIES OF TWENTY PHOTOGRAPHIC VIEWS... WITH DESCRIPTIONS BY MRS POOLE AND REGINALD STUART POOLE. LONDON: WILLIAM MACKENZIE, [C.1858]
Estimate
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LOT SOLD. 125,000 GBP
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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: WILLIAM MACKENZIE, [C.1858]
Large folio (729 x 524mm.), 20 LARGE ALBUMEN PRINTS (485 x 390mm., or the reverse), several signed and dated 1858 in the negative, contemporary green half morocco, green cloth boards, spine in compartments with raised bands gilt, upper cover titled in gilt letters, gilt edges, a little surface wear to first image, light scattered spotting (mostly to mounts and a few leaves of text), text and plates expertly stitched and guarded due to perished gutta percha (as always), binding recently refurbished by Brockman Bookbinders
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Provenance

Acquired in the nineteenth century by an ancestor of the present owner, thence by family descent

Literature

Gernsheim, Incunabula 130; Röhricht p.506; Hilmy I, p.249; Jacobson, Odalisques & Arabesques (2007, pp. 88-89, 232-234); Parr and Badger, The Photobook (2007, vol.1, p. 28); Foster, Heiting and Stuhlman, Imagining Paradise (2007, p. 63)

Catalogue Note

ONE OF THE FINEST COPIES WE HAVE SEEN OF "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 groundbreaking 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).

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