PHOTOGRAPHS OF MECCA, THE MAHMAL, TAIF AND PILGRIMS ON THE HAJJ.

Lot Number 265
Author HAJJ--AL-SAYYID ABD AL-GHAFFAR.
Title PHOTOGRAPHS OF MECCA, THE MAHMAL, TAIF AND PILGRIMS ON THE HAJJ.
Year Published 1885
Place Printed
Printed By
Description HAJJ--AL-SAYYID ABD AL-GHAFFAR. PHOTOGRAPHS OF MECCA, THE MAHMAL, TAIF AND PILGRIMS ON THE HAJJ. [C.1885- 1888] 12 albumen prints (average 220 x 270mm.), mounted recto and verso on 7 card mounts (236 x 314mm.), many captioned in Arabic and/or signed in the negative by Abd al-Ghaffar, some additional Arabic captions in ink on the image, most captioned in French on the mount, together with 7 smaller unrelated photographs on 2 of the mounts showing groups and views in France, probably by Viard (see provenance), some spotting and fading, mounts slightly bowed
Comments An extremely fine copy of an important work. Travelling from Cairo in 1828 by way of Suez, Tor, Mount Sinai, the convent of Saint Catherine and Aqaba, Laborde made the journey to Petra with the engineer Linant de Bellefonds, executing many drawings of the area, providing the earliest pictorial record of the ruins.
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Estimated Price GBP 50,000.00 - 70,000.00
( USD 83,500.00 - 116,900.00 )
Actual Price GBP 66,050.00 ( USD 105,019.50 )

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Auction House Sothebys
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Auction Name Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History
Sale Number #L12405
Auction Date November 15, 2012 - November 15, 2012
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