2) 100 stereographic views of Egypt / Virtual Print Fair 106


Description: 100 stereographic views of Egypt in original box, with the text volume and a stereoscope viewer

[BAKER, Charles H.].
Egypt through the stereoscope.

[New York and London. Underwood & Underwood, 1905]. 100 stereographic views, loose in original publisher's book-shaped cloth box (19.5 x 16 x 10 cm).

(2) BREASTED, James Henry. Egypt through the stereoscope[.] A journey through the land of the Pharaohs. New York and London, Underwood & Underwood, 1905. 8vo. 360, [6] pp. Original publisher's brown cloth, with booklet "Maps and plans accompanying Egypt through the stereoscope" in original publisher's wrappers and loosely inserted in pocket on back board.
(3) [Original stereoscope viewer]. [New York and London], Underwood & Underwood, 1901.

A fine set of 100 stereographic views of Egypt, together with an original stereoscope viewer and the guide book by the eminent Egyptologist James Henry Breasted (1865-1935). The American company Underwood & Underwood, led by the brothers Bert and Elmer, began producing stereographs in 1882 and by 1901 the company was America's leading manufacturer of stereographs. Around 1900 the brothers introduced a new market strategy, a system of "stay-at-home travel", consisting of boxed sets of 100 stereographs accompanied by a text book, illustrated with detailed folding maps. The text opens with an introduction, followed by a survey of Egypt's history and extensive explanatory text of the 100 views. The views show cities, monuments, mosques, tombs, palaces as well as scenes from modern Egyptian daily life.
Stereographs, consisting of two identical photographs mounted side by side on card, appear optical merged when viewed through a stereoscope, giving the illusion of three dimensionality. "One was brought deeply into the scene as one gazed through the stereoscope, hand-held before one's eyes. Now images were as close to actuality as possible" (Evans).
A second edition was published in 1908.
The views in very good condition, the box with some light wear. The wrapper of the booklet present but damaged and detached, otherwise in very good condition.
Cf. Abt, American Egyptologist: The life of James Henry Breasted (Chicago, 2011), pp. 83 ff.; Evans, "In the sandals of Pharaoh: James Henry Breasted and the stereoscope, occasional paper" (
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