Pierre Tremaux | Voyage au Soudan, atlas volume, c. 1857
Voyages au Soudan Oriental et dans l'Afrique septentrionale. Exécutés de 1847 à 1854. Comprenant une exploration dans l'Algérie, les régences de Tunis et de Tripoli, l'Égypte, la Nubie, les déserts, l'Ile de Méroé, le Sennar, le Fa-Zoglo et dans les contrées inconnues de la nigritie. Paris: chez Borrani, [c.1857]
Oblong folio, atlas volume only (350 x 535mm.), letterpress title, tinted lithographed pictorial additional title, list of plates, 5 ALBUMEN PRINTS from calotype negatives (plates 44, 50, 52, 55 and 56), 50 lithographed plates on 48 sheets (including 2 double-page panoramas) after drawings or photographs by the author, some with several tints, and 4 lithographed or engraved maps (one double-page and 2 folding), plates and maps with accompanying leaves of descriptive text, contemporary red morocco-backed marbled boards, lacking plate 30, faint library stamps, five plates mounted or inserted with borders extended to size (nos. 36, 38, 46 and 47), some light spotting or browning, final map lightly browned, spine neatly restored, slightly rubbed
RARE. TREMAUX'S PHOTOGRAPHS 'RANK AMONG THE EARLIEST ENDEAVOURS TO RECORD INDIGENOUS PEOPLE BY PHOTOGRAPHY' (Jacobson). Trémaux (1818-1895) travelled to Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Asia Minor in the late 1840s and began taking photographs around 1853-4, however the photographs were technically uneven, obliging him to substitute them with lithographs, however the rare images that survive have ensured the photographer's lasting reputation. Each copy of this work appears to vary in the number of original photographs included.
Jacobson, K. Odalisques & Arabesques (2007), p.273
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