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DU CAMP, Maxime.

Vues en Egypte,

Nubie, Palestine et Syrie. Dessins photographiques recueillis pendant les annees 1849, 1850, et 1851, accompagnés d'un texte explicatif et précédés d'une introduction par Maxime Du Camp, chargé d'une missi

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Paris, Gide & J. Baudry, 1852

A landmark in the history of the photobook, illustrated with 125 salt prints. This famous volume is renowned for its stark images, a radical departure from the Romantic model.

Du Camp and his travelling companion, the novelist Gustave Flaubert, left France at the end of October 1849 on an archaeological mission on behalf of the French Ministry of Education. Before leaving Du Camp had been instructed in Gustave Le Gray's waxed-paper process for making photographic images, and returning home some eighteen months later he had some 220 negatives.

The expedition followed the standard itinerary of the day, going up-river from one ancient site to another, before moving across to Palestine, they visited numerous sites including Karnak, Thebes, Luxor, Denderah, Baalbec, Jerusalem, etc. It is interesting to note that David Roberts Made a similar journey in the 1840s when producing his Holy Land and Syria.

Although the journey is familiar, Du Camp's

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First edition, folio, (447 x 315 mm); half-title, 125 Blanquart-Evrard process prints, printed tissue guards, 3 engraved plans (one double-page), contemporary half morocco gilt, rebacked preserving spine, lightly rubbed, all edges gilt.


Badger & Parr (The Photobook: A History) I, p.24; Chahine, 1439; Hilmy I, 194; Röhricht, 2192; Tobler, 182; Truthful Lens, 47.

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