Ca. 1900. Oblong Octavo (ca. 21x25 cm). 12 card stock leaves. With 96 original gelatin silver photographs, including two large ones, ca. 12x17 cm (4 ¾ x 6 ¾ in), the other photos are ca. 5,5x8 cm (2x3 in). About seventy photos with period pencil manuscript captions in French on the mounts. Period green full pebbled cloth album, all edges gilt. Binding slightly loosened on hinges, a few images very mildly faded, but overall a very good album of good strong interesting images.
Lively collection of original snapshot photos documenting a cruise up the Nile and a trip to Palestine and Syria, taken by two French women in the early 1900s. During their classic dahabiya cruise from Cairo, the French ladies reached as far as Aswan and the First Cataract. The interesting photos include panoramic views of Cairo, numerous photos of the Nile banks with fishing and cargo boats, and views of Arab towns and villages passed on the way, including Beni Hasan (with the city sign and a local crowd onshore), Sohag (also with the visible sign and several beggars approaching the camera), Assiout (Asyut), a view of the Old Cataract Hotel in Aswan (built in 1899), and others. About two dozen photos depict the ancient Egyptian sites – temples in Karnak and Luxor, Valleys of the Kings and Queens, Philae Island and its famous kiosk temple, shown already flooded after the completion of the Aswan Low Dam in 1902, the Ramesseum and Colossi of Memnon, and others. Over twenty photos portray local people – rowers, passengers on a Nile boat, market sellers, playing children, women washing clothes, a boy with a heavily laden camel, etc. Eighteen photos at the end depict the rest of the journey in the Palestine and Syria, and show the street merchants and a café in Jaffa, Jerusalem (streets, Mosque of Omar, entrance to the Holy Sepulchre, city gates, the Wailing Wall), Jericho (Elisha’s spring, the travellers posing in front of their tent), the Dead Sea, columns of the Temple of Jupiter in Baalbec, and Damascus. The adventurous French ladies were portrayed on several photos – while posing in the courtyard of the Mosque of Ibn Tulun in Cairo, riding donkeys in front of the Karnak temple and en route to the Medinet Habu temple, in the Abydos temple, in the Valley of the Kings and Queens, near the Saqqara necropolis, etc. Overall, an attractive album showing the early 1900s life and the classic sites in Egypt and Palestine through the eyes of European female travellers.
Price: $1,250.00 USD