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Du Camp (Maxime)

EGYPT, NUBIA, PALESTINE AND SYRIA

Photographic Pictures collected During the Years 1849, 1850 and 1851

Published: E. Gambart & Co., Publishers, London, 1852

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by Maxim du Camp. 

A collection of 59 (of 125) salt prints and the original wrappers from parts 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18 & 21.

Each print is mounted and (with thirteen exception) has the original numbered, titled and captioned (in French) tissue guards (the guards are frayed around all the edges), some mounts stained and soiled but the prints are generally in good state. Each mount bears a short title in French. The mounts measure 444 x 314 mm and the prints 215 x 160 mm. The wrappers each comprising four folio pages are frayed and some are separated, part 18 is only the first page. Each part contained 5 plates with the numbers written in ink (part 12 bears only 4 numbers) and lists the complete 125 titles.

‘The earliest and one of the most famous French publications illustrated with original photographs is Maxine du Camp’s Égyptie, Nubie, Palestine et Syrie. The author made an archaeological expedition to the Middle East under the auspices of the Ministry of Public Instruction, leaving France at the beginning of Nomember 1849 accompanied by Gustave Flaubert. Throughout the tour Du Camp used the calotype process as modified by Blanquart-Evrard, an after his return in 1851 published a selection of 125 photographs, with short descriptions. A narrative of the tour was published separately but without the illustrations in 1853. The prints, which were made in Lille, bear out Blanquart-Evrard’s claim for permanence. They have preserved their cold dark grey colour to this day but most of the prints are too dark and lacking in contrast. This is due to the sel’dor toning which weakened the strength of the prints, necessitating a considerable over-exposure which was difficult to judge.’ From: Gernsheim (Helmut) The History of Photography, (1955), page 145.  

In a footnote Gernsheim mentions the English edition, ‘1852, with French text but title-page and list of plates in English’.

London, E. Gambart & Co., Publishers, 25 Berners Street, Oxford Street, 1852

LIST OF PHOTOGRAPHS:

 LE KAIRE - MOSQUÉE DE SULTAN-HAÇAN (Plate 5)

LE KAIRE - MOSQUÉE ET TOMBEAU DES AYOUBITES (Plate 6)

LE KAIRE - MOSQUÉE DE SULTAN KANSOU-EL-GOURI (Plate 7)  

LE KAIRE - TOMBEAU DE SULTANS MAMELOUKS (Plate 8)

ÉGYPTE MOYENNE - PYRAMIDE DE CHEPHREN (Plate 10)

ÉGYPTE MOYENNE - LE SPHINX (Plate 11)

HAUTE ÉGYPTE - NECROPOLE DE LYCOPOLIS (Plate 12)

HAUTE ÉGYPTE - GIRGEH - Vue Generale (Plate 14)

HAUTE ÉGYPTE - MOSQUÉE D' ALI BEY (Plate 15)

HAUTE ÉGYPTE - GRAND TEMPLATÉE DE DENDERAH facade postérieure (Plate 18)

HAUTE ÉGYPTE - GRAND TEMPLATÉE DE DENDERAH sculptures de la facade postérieure (Plate 19)

HAUTE ÉGYPTE - GRAND TEMPLATÉE DE DENDERAH (TEUTYRES) Sculptures de la facade postérieure (Plate 20)

HAUTE ÉGYPTE - VILLAGE DE HAMAMEH (Plate 21)

THÈBES - LOUQSOR vue générale des ruinés (Plate 24)

THÈBES - LOUQSOR grande colonnade du palais (Plate 25)

THÈBES - PALAIS DE KARNAK grand pyloné du s-o (Plate 36)

THÈBES - PALAIS DE KARNAK sculptures extérieures du sanctuaire de granit (Plate 41)

THÈBES - PALAIS DE sanctuaire de granit et salle hypostyle (Plate 43)

THÈBES - PALAIS DE KARNAK Les Obelisques (Plate 44)

THÈBES - PALAIS DE KARNAK Proménoir de Tothmés III (Plate 45)

THÈBES - MÉDINÉT HABOU Vue générale des ruinés (Plate 46)

THÈBES - MÉDINÉT HABOU Facade orientale du gynéceé de Ramses Méiamoun (Plate 48)

THÈBES - MÉDINÉT HABOU Facade septentrionale du gynéceé de Ramses Méiamoun (Plate 49)

THÈBES - MÉDINÉT HABOU Peristyle du palais de Ramses Méiamoun (Plate 50)

THÈBES - GOURNAH Les Colosses (Plate 54)

THÈBES - GOURNAH Statue de Mémnon (Plate 55)

THÈBES - GOURNAH Sculptures du Troné des Collosses (Plate 57)

THÈBES - GOURNAH Nécropole de Thébes (Plate 60)

THÈBES - GOURNAH Palais de Ménéphta 1er (Plate 61)

HAUTE ÉGYPTE - Templatée d' Hermontis (Plate 63)

HAUTE ÉGYPTE - Vue Générale d' Esnéh (Plate 64)

HAUTE ÉGYPTE - Entrée de la Premiére Cataracte (Plate66)

HAUTE ÉGYPTE - Sortie de la Premiére Cataracte (Plate 67)

NUBIE - PHILOE Vue générale prise a l'Ouest (Plate 68)

NUBIE - PHILOE Vue générale prise a l'angle S.O. (Plate 69)

NUBIE - GRAND TEMPLATÉE D'ISIS A PHILOE - Dromos et Pylonés (Plate 72)

NUBIE - GRAND TEMPLATÉE D'ISIS A PHILOE - Second Pyloné (Plate 74)

NUBIE - GRAND TEMPLATÉE D'ISIS A PHILOE - Proscynéma (Plate 75)

NUBIE - GRAND TEMPLATÉE D'ISIS A PHILOE - vue générale (Plate 80)

NUBIE - VILLAGE ET TEMPLATÉE DE L'ILE DE BEGHE (Plate 81)

NUBIE - RIVE ORIENTALE DU NIL (Plate 82)

NUBIE - MOSQUE DE BELLAL (Plate 83)

NUBIE - RIVE SEPTENTRIONALE DU NIL (Plate 84)

NUBIE - TEMPLATÉE DE DEBOD (Plate 86)

NUBIE - TEMPLATÉE DE TAFAH (Plate 88)

NUBIE - Kalabscheh - Ptoleme-Caesarion (Plate 91)

NUBIE - Templatée de Dandour (Plate 93)

NUBIE - Templatée de Dakkeh (Plate 95)

NUBIE - Templatée de Maharakkah (Plate 96)

NUBIE - Hemi-Speos de Seboua - Dromos (Plate 97)

NUBIE - Hemi-Speos de Seboua - Pylonés (Plate 98)

NUBIE - Templatée d'Amada (Plate 99)

NUBIE - Ibsamboul - vue genérale du speos de phre (Plate 102)

NUBIE - Ibsamboul - Colosse oriental du Speos de Phre (Plate 103)

NUBIE - Ibsamboul - Colosse oriental du Speos de phre (Plate 104)

NUBIE - Ibsamboul - Sculptures de L'entreé du Speos de Phre (Plate 105)

NUBIE - Ibsamboul - Entrée du Speos D'Hathor (Plate 109)  

NUBIE - Ibsamboul - Partie Méridionale du Speos D'Hathor (Plate 110)

NUBIE - Seconde Cataracte Dgebel - Aboucir (Plate 112)

PALESTINÉ - Jerusalem - Quartier Occidental (Plate 114)

PALESTINÉ - Jerusalem - Arcades Inférieures de L'Église du Saint-Sepulcre (Plate 115)

PALESTINÉ - Jerusalem - Porte Doreé (Plate 118)

SYRIE - Baalbeck - Interieur de l'Enciente des Templateés du Soleil et de Jupiter (Plate 119)

SYRIE - Baalbeck - Colonnade du Templateé du Soleil (Plate 121)

SYRIE - Templatée de Jupiter, a Baalbeck (Plate 122)

SYRIE - Templatée de Jupiter a Baalbeck (Plate 123) 

  • Sold By: Clarke's Africana & Rare Books
  • Contact Person: Paul Mills
  • Country: South Africa
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