ca. 1880. With Eighty-six large mounted albumen photographs each ca. 20 x 26 cm (101/4 x 8 in), many signed, numbered and captioned in negative by the studios of Bonfils, Beato and Zangaki. The photographs mounted recto on period grey thin card leaves. Handsome maroon period style gilt tooled and titled half morocco with cloth boards. Several photographs mildly faded but overall a very good collection of strong interesting photos.
This interesting collection of strong photographs by the studios of Bonfils, Beato and Zangaki include images of Water carriers, locals working a well, a young farmer, praying in the desert, papyrus market, Mehmet Ali Mosque, Tombs of the Caliphs and the Citadel, interior of Al Azhar Mosque, Minaret of the Al Azhar, Heliopolis Obelisk, Koubr-el-Aâma Avenue, Pyramids and Sphinx, Feluccas on the Nile, Bedrechen, Sakkara Pyramid, Dendera temple complex Including the Temple of Hathor, Karnak and Thebes temple complex Including the Great Hall etc..., Additionally with over 60 archaeological views including 25 rare detailed views of various temple Hieroglyphic reliefs.
Maison Bonfils was started by Paul-Felix Bonfils (1831-1885) in Beirut in 1867 and was "to become one of the most successful photographic businesses in the world. They photographed most of the important sights in the Middle East and their views were widely distributed"(Jacobsen p. 216). Bonfils' "stock had variety enough to please all and ranged from classical landscapes and biblical scenes to ethnographic portraits and subtly erotic images of Oriental men and women. A close examination of Bonfils photographs reveals quite clearly that Felix had a different eye than the others, and at least in the beginning, a more naive and less commercial approach to image making" (Perez p. 141).
"Established first in Cairo in 1862, at the Rue du Muski, and from 1870 on in Luxor, Antoine Beato was one of Egypt's most prolific photographers. His photographs appear in most of the composite travel albums of the period through the turn of the century and cover all aspects of Egypt: landscapes, architecture, ethnographic images, and genre scenes" (Perez, N. Focus East: Early photography in the Near East, 1839-1885. New York-Jerusalem, 1988, p. 131).
"The Zangaki brothers were born on the island of Milos. It is not known where they learned photography but soon after their arrival in Egypt they became established photographers. The Greek brothers' photographs are very commonly found in tourists' albums assembled in the Middle East in the latter part of the 19th century. From their Port Said studio, they were in an ideal position to sell to those on the Grand Tour" (Jacobson, K. Odalisques & Arabesques: Orientalist Photography, 1839-1925. London, 2007, p. 277).
Price: $3,250.00 USD