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2 Album with 48 19th-cent. albumen photographs of Palestina 106

Description: Large album with 48 19th-century albumen photographs of Palestine
ZANGAKI, Georgios and Constantinos.
Album a photographies de la Terre Sainte arrangées par Boulos Méo Jérusalem.
[Jerusalum, Boulos Méo, ca. 1890?]. Oblong album (34 x 46.5 cm) with 48 large albumen photographic prints (ca. 22.5 x 28 cm), signed and captioned in the negative (in French), mounted on both sides of the album's leaves. Some with hand-written captions in pencil (in French) on the mount. Original publisher's grained goatskin(?) spine and sheepskin board edges, each board with a 5 mm thick bevelled and carved panel of olive(?) wood mounted on it, with a mozaic inlaid floral border in black, red, green and beige around the carved border, that on the front with a carved Jerusalem cross in the centre, that on the back with the title "Jerusalem" stencilled in black textura lettering, blue watered silk endleaves.
€ 9,500
A rare and large album with 48 photographs by the renowned Zangaki brothers, whose background and history remain in the shadows. They were probably from the Greek island Milos and worked as commercial photographers in Egypt from ca. 1870. The brothers were quite prolific, producing at least 1500 photographs, mostly for Western tourists, drawn to Egypt and the Middle East in increasing numbers since the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869. The photographs in the present album were most likely taken during an excursion to the Holy Land in ca. 1880. The album features landscapes and city views, including famous sights such as Jaffa Gate (Bab el-Khalil), Tower of David, the Armenian monastery, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Church of the Flagellation, Al-Aqsa Mosque, Mosque of Omar, Gethsemane, Mount Olive and the Wailing Wall.
The photographs with some loss of contrast, otherwise in good condition. The tissue guards and the album's leaves spotted. The binding in very good condition, with the head and foot of the spine slightly damaged and the edges and corners scuffed, and the wood with a few cracks. A fine album of photographs of Palestine.
Cf. Encyclopedia of nineteenth-century photography, p. 1521; Erdem, Views of Egypt by Georgios and Constantinos Zangaki (thesis, Toronto 2006).
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  • Number: 1738450
  • Dealer: Speculum Orbis Nauticum