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DU CAMP, Maxime.

Égypte, Nubie, Palestine et Syrie:...

dessins photographiques recueillis pendant les années 1849, 1850 et 1851, accompagnés d'un texte explicatif et précédés d'une introduction.

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Published: Paris Gide et J. Baudry, 1852

Stock Code: 124632

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Extremely rare first edition complete, illustrated with 125 salt prints from wet paper negatives mounted one to a page. Du Camp's monumental work was the first archaeological survey to be extensively illustrated with photographs.
A young man of independent means, Du Camp took up photography in 1849 in preparation for his second journey to North Africa. With official backing from the French government, and travelling in the company of the novelist Gustave Flaubert, Du Camp returned with over 200 paper negatives of the antiquities of Egypt and the Near East, of which 125 were published here. The illustrations were produced at the photographic printing works of Louis-Désiré Blanquard-Évrard at Lille and their distinctive cool neutral tones are due to the prints being chemically developed rather than merely printed-out in sunlight. Distinguished as it was, Du Camp's photographic career was short-lived. After the completion of his magisterial survey of the antiquities of the Near East, he abandoned photography entirely in favour of literary pursuits.
"The parlance of the day cast Maxime du Camp as an archaeologist for his interest in depicting the colossal remains of Egypt's pharaonic past his journey representing transitional stages between the artistic voyage and the scientific expedition. Several divergent trajectories that infuse the genre of archaeological photography, a term that was still being applied loosely, are evident in the images brought back. Du Camp's literary sentiments could not help but be sharpened by his travel companion Gustave Flaubert, and they emerge clearly in this anthology of views Awe, a presentiment of insignificance in the face of the enormity of ancient Egyptian civilisation - these are the sensory impressions that his salted paper prints continue to provoke" (Lyons, Papadopoulos et al., Antiquity & Photography, pp. 38-9).

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Folio (447 x 315 mm). Original brown hard-grain half morocco, marbled boards, skilfully rebacked and recornered with brown cloth spine and corners, original leather spine laid down, title gilt direct, low flat bands with dotted roll gilt, double fillet panels to compartments, new endpapers, original marbled free endpapers retained.


125 mounted original salt-prints, letterpress captions to mounting leaves and tissue-guards, 3 small engravings to the introductory text, double-page engraved plan of Karnak, single-page plans of Medinet-Habu and the island of Philae.


Soundly bound, presenting well on the shelf, front hinge slightly cracked towards the head at the first blank, some foxing throughout, varying from light to moderately heavy but the prints themselves fairly lightly touched when at all, remains very good.


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