Port Said, Egypt: Ca. 1869. Oblong folio album ca. 36 x 46 cm (14 x 18 in.) with 23 large original albumen photographs including two panoramas ca. 18.5 x 81 cm (7 ¼ x 32 in.) and ca. 18.5x 78 cm (7 ¼ x 30 ¾ in.), one very large photograph ca. 32 x 43.5 cm (12 ¾ x 17 in.), and the rest each ca. 22 x 26.5 cm (8 ½ x 10 ½ in.), mounted on recto of stiff white card leaves, all but three captioned in French and nine signed in negative by the studio. Original publishers red quarter morocco with pebbled cloth boards gilt titled “Album du Canal de Suez / H. Arnoux Phot. / Port – Said” with marbled endpapers. Some wear at extremities and spine and slight discoloration of album boards around edges, but overall a very good album with strong, clear photographs.
This album contains twenty-three original albumen photographs of sights along the Suez Canal and views of Port Saïd and Ismaïlia. There are two large, fully mounted panoramic views, including one showing the Canal and Port Said. Also included is one portrait of Ferdinand Lesseps (1805 – 1894), the French diplomat who developed and led the construction of the Suez Canal, and one photographic map of the canal. Overall, an excellent album with large views along the Suez Canal, as well as Port Saïd and Ismaïlia.
Photograph captions: Pirée à jetée Ouest (Port Said); Place de Lessepa ; El Kantara (Choute de Syrie) ; Gare d’El Ferdanne ; Courbe d’El Girsh ; Chalet du Vice-Roi à l’entrée du Lac de Timsak ; Fonction du Canal au Lac Timsak ; Quai Mehemet Ali (Ismaïlia) ; Palais du Khedive ; Lac Timsak ; Chalet de Ferdinand de Lesseps (Ismaïlia) ; Kabut el Souek, Lacs Amers ; Gare Guillaumet ; Courbe du Canal à Chalouf ; Panorama de Suez ; Embouchure du Canal de Suez ; Rade de Suez ; Bassin de Chadoub Suez ; Buste du Lieutenant Waghoui au terre-plein de Suez ; Fontaine de Moïse (Suez) ; Canal Maritime de Suez.
Hippolyte Arnoux (active ca. 1860 - ca. 1890) was a French photographer and publisher. During the 1860s, he documented the excavation of the Suez Canal and published the resulting photographs as Album du Canal de Suez. (Wikipedia)
“The Suez Canal, is a large, artificial maritime canal in Egypt west of the Sinai Peninsula. It is 101 miles long and 984 feet wide at its narrowest point, running between Port Said on the Mediterranean Sea, and Suez (al-Suways) on the far northern shore of the Red Sea… In 1854 and 1856, Ferdinand de Lesseps, a former French diplomat with friendly connections with Egyptian authorities, obtained a concession from Said Pasha, the Ottoman viceroy of Egypt, to create a company to construct a maritime canal open to ships of all nations, according to plans created by Austrian engineer Alois Negrelli. The company was to operate the canal by leasing the relevant land for 99 years from its opening, for navigation purposes only. The Suez Canal Company came into being on December 15, 1858.” (Revolvy).
Price: $2,500.00 USD