[A collection of 66 photographs from Égypte, Nubie, Palestine et Syrie: dessins photographiques recueillis pendant les années 1849, 1850 et 1851]

Price: 85,000.00 USD

London: E. Gambart & Co, 1852. (17 1/2 x 12 3/8 inches). 66 (of 125) salted paper prints from calotype negatives, each on captioned mount as issued. Photographs printed at Louis-Désiré Blanquart-Evrard's Imprimerie Photographique, in Lille. With 13 original front and 12 rear parts wrappers (with Gambart's imprint) and with 52 original tissue interleaves with printed captions. Housed in a black morocco backed box. The birth of travel photography. Maxime Du Camp (1822-1894), French writer and journalist, travelled, under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, to the Near East in 1849. Accompanied by his friend the novelist Gustave Flaubert, he spent a year and a half photographing the sites. After an initial stay in Cairo, the two friends hired a boat to take them up the Nile as far as the second cataract, after which they descended the river at leisure, exploring the archaeological sites along its banks. In July 1850 they left Egypt for Palestine, Turkey, and Greece before they parted in Italy the following April. On his return a selection of 125 photographs, from a total of 220 taken, were published by Gide and Baudry of Paris, priced at 500 francs a copy. The photographs were printed at Louis-Désiré Blanquart-Evrard's Imprimerie Photographique, in Lille. A journalist with no experience in photography, Du Camp learned the calotype process from Le Gray shortly before his departure for Egypt. "Faced with a scene before his camera, Du Camp -- neither trained artist nor experienced photographer -- seems to have disregarded any preconceived Romantic accretions attached to his subject, and by intuition discovered a gritty, elevational reality. His imagery demonstrates a conspicuously rigorous point of view for a neophyte photographer, unfettered and remarkably consistent ... Du Camp's images are determinedly unlovely but astonishing nevertheless. Yet this brutal directness has a grace and integrity of its own. His monuments seem less the forlorn, picturesque remains of an ancient civilization, than the grim evidence of centuries of pillage. Far from being a poetic homage, these pictures appear to be an indictment. Du Camp's single foray into photography resulted in a superbly conceived and` well-made volume, and an exemplary demonstration of the photographic art, fully meriting its reputation as the first completely realized photobook" (Parr & Badger) The present images are from the rare English edition, as evidenced by the surviving wrappers, which was marketed by Ernest Gambart. Includes the following plates: 5 - Le Kaire - Mosquée De Sultan-Haçan 6 - Le Kaire - Mosquée Et Tombeau Des Ayoubites 7 - Le Kaire - Mosquée De Sultan Kansou-El-Gouri 8 - Le Kaire - Tombeau De Sultans Mamelouks 10 - Égypte Moyenne - Pyramide De Chephren 11 - Égypte Moyenne - Le Sphinx 12 - Haute Égypte - Necropole De Lycopolis 14 - Haute Égypte - Girgeh - Vue Generale 15 - Haute Égypte - Mosquée D' Ali Bey 18 - Haute Égypte - Grand Templatée De Denderah Facade Postérieure 19 - Haute Égypte - Grand Templatée De Denderah Sculptures De La Facade Postérieure 20 - Haute Égypte - Grand Templatée De Denderah (Teutyres) Sculptures De La Facade Postérieure 21 - Haute Égypte - Village De Hamameh 24 - Thèbes - Louqsor Vue Générale Des Ruinés 25 - Thèbes - Louqsor Grande Colonnade Du Palais 36 - Thèbes - Palais De Karnak Grand Pyloné Du S-O 41 - Thèbes - Palais De Karnak Sculptures Extérieures Du Sanctuaire De Granit 43 - Thèbes - Palais De Sanctuaire De Granit Et Salle Hypostyle 44 - Thèbes - Palais De Karnak Les Obelisques 45 - Thèbes - Palais De Karnak Proménoir De Tothmés Iii 46 - Thèbes - Médinét Habou Vue Générale Des Ruinés 48 - Thèbes - Médinét Habou Facade Orientale Du Gynéceé De Ramses Méiamoun 49 - Thèbes - Médinét Habou Facade Septentrionale Du Gynéceé De Ramses Méiamoun 50 - Thèbes - Médinét Habou Peristyle Du Palais De Ramses Méiamoun 54 - Thèbes - Gournah Les Colosses 55 - Thèbes - Gournah Statue De Mémnon 57 - Thèbes - Gournah Sculptures Du Troné Des Collosses 60 - Thèbes - Gournah Nécropole De Thébes 61 - Thèbes - Gournah Palais De Ménéphta 1er 63 - Haute Égypte - Templatée D' Hermontis 64 - Haute Égypte - Vue Générale D' Esnéh 66 - Haute Égypte - Entrée De La Premiére Cataracte (Plate66) 67 - Haute Égypte - Sortie De La Premiére Cataracte 68 - Nubie - Philoe Vue Générale Prise A L'ouest 69 - Nubie - Philoe Vue Générale Prise A L'angle S.O. 72 - Nubie - Grand Templatée D'isis A Philoe - Dromos Et Pylonés 74 - Nubie - Grand Templatée D'isis A Philoe - Second Pyloné 75 - Nubie - Grand Templatée D'isis A Philoe - Proscynéma 80 - Nubie - Grand Templatée D'isis A Philoe - Vue Générale 81 - Nubie - Village Et Templatée De L'ile De Beghe 82 - Nubie - Rive Orientale Du Nil 83 - Nubie - Mosque De Bellal 84 - Nubie - Rive Septentrionale Du Nil 86 - Nubie - Templatée De Debod 88 - Nubie - Templatée De Tafah 91 - Nubie - Kalabscheh - Ptoleme-Caesarion 93 - Nubie - Templatée De Dandour 95 - Nubie - Templatée De Dakkeh 96 - Nubie - Templatée De Maharakkah 97 - Nubie - Hemi-Speos De Seboua - Dromos 98 - Nubie - Hemi-Speos De Seboua - Pylonés 99 - Nubie - Templatée D'amada 102 - Nubie - Ibsamboul - Vue Genérale Du Speos De Phre 103 - Nubie - Ibsamboul - Colosse Oriental Du Speos De Phre 104 - Nubie - Ibsamboul - Colosse Oriental Du Speos De Phre 105 - Nubie - Ibsamboul - Sculptures De L'entreé Du Speos De Phre 109 - Nubie - Ibsamboul - Entrée Du Speos D'hathor 110 - Nubie - Ibsamboul - Partie Méridionale Du Speos D'hathor 112 - Nubie - Seconde Cataracte Dgebel - Aboucir 114 - Palestiné - Jerusalem - Quartier Occidental 115 - Palestiné - Jerusalem - Arcades Inférieures De L'église Du Saint-Sepulcre 118 - Palestiné - Jerusalem - Porte Doreé 119 - Syrie - Baalbeck - Interieur De L'enciente Des Templateés Du Soleil Et De Jupiter 121 - Syrie - Baalbeck - Colonnade Du Templateé Du Soleil 122 - Syrie - Templatée De Jupiter, A Baalbeck 123 - Syrie - Templatée De Jupiter A Baalbeck Parr & Badger, The Photobook I:p.23; Gernsheim 14; The Truthful Lens 47.


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