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Sinai and Palestine.: FRITH, Francis.

FRITH, Francis.

Published by London: William MacKenzie & Co., [1863] (1863)

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About this Item: London: William MacKenzie & Co., [1863], 1863. Folio. Original half tan morocco, red cloth sides, titles to spine gilt, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Some typical spotting throughout, guards renewed, hinges repaired, binding rubbed. Some marks to the margins of several plates not affecting the photographs. A very good copy however the photographs excellent. Mount albumen print to half title and 36 larger albumen prints. Volume I of the second, enlarged edition of the work originally published in two volumes in 1859. "The prints in this edition are of a much stronger quality than those in the first edition having been gold-toned" (Gernsheim). The complete set of this publication comprises four volumes each with 37 mounted photographs. However the parts were available separately and each is complete in itself. Gernsheim, Incunabula of British Photographic Literature 1839–1875, pp. 216-220. Seller Inventory # 59138

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Published by London, Glasgow, and Edinburgh: William MacKenzie (1862)


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About this Item: London, Glasgow, and Edinburgh: William MacKenzie, 1862. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. A handsome set of Frith’s photographs. This edition’s gold-toned photographs are preferred over the earlier editions for their “stronger quality” (Gernsheim). These “lavishly produced volumes of image and text, offered by subscription, were intended for a cultured, well-educated audience” (Hannavy). In 1856-58, Francis Frith made two expeditions, first to Egypt and then to Palestine, to photograph the great sites of antiquity, preserving the views for future generations and making them accessible to people around the world. Working with volatile chemicals and cumbersome apparatus in inhospitable conditions, Frith developed most of his plates in tombs, temples, and caves. For Frith, photography was destined to rank with other pictorial arts and even to surpass them, because at its heart was “its essential truthfulness of outline, and to a considerable extent, of perspective and light, and shade.” Frith’s books “proved immensely popular, [their] combination of remarkable photographic views with Frith’s first-hand written account providing a surrogate tour of the Near East for Victorian tourists and would-be tourists alike” (Hannavy). These albums contain some of Frith’s finest photographs, including the series of panoramic views of Jerusalem, the Sphinx and Great Pyramid of Giza, Colossal Figure at Abou Simbel, Karnak, the Pool of Hezekiah, the Thebes Entrance to the Great Temple Luxor, the Osiridae Pillars and Great Fallen Colossus, and many others. They encompass spectacular views of Jerusalem (among the earliest images of the ancient city still obtainable), Cairo, the pyramids at Giza, Philae, and other views of now-lost or decayed sites in Egypt, as well as biblical sites in Palestine including the Dead Sea, Gaza, Damascus, and other areas of what is now the modern state of Israel. These magnificent photographs provide a permanent record of lost or deteriorating places and monuments that are central to human history.Three volumes. Folio. Original green cloth, gilt-lettered, rebacked in green morocco, a.e.g. 111 albumen photographs (37 in each volume), each approx. 61⁄2 x 9 inches, mounted. Most signed in the negative and with the occasional date 1857. Foxing to mounts, infrequently affecting images, occasional fading to prints. The photographs are generally in very good condition with rich tones and good contrast. Seller Inventory # ABE-15961384795

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