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    Valuable Printed Books and Manuscripts, Including Fine Plate books from an Historic Continental Library

    3 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 114

    GIRAULT DE PRANGEY, Joseph Philibert (1804-1892). Monuments arabes d'Egypte, de Syrie, et d'Asie Mineure. Paris: Lemercier and Firmin Didot for the author and A. Hauser, 1846.

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    GIRAULT DE PRANGEY, Joseph Philibert (1804-1892). Monuments arabes d'Egypte, de Syrie, et d'Asie Mineure. Paris: Lemercier and Firmin Didot for the author and A. Hauser, 1846.

    6 parts, 2° (585 x 400mm). As issued without title-page. 16pp. of letterpress explanatory text (including variant leaves), printed correction notice on yellow paper, 24 tinted lithographs after Girault de Prangey. (Some spotting.) Loose in all the original printed part wrappers with part number in pencil (short tears at extremities, light soiling, a few creases).

    FIRST EDITION. A COMPLETE SET IN THE ORIGINAL PART WRAPPERS. Girault de Prangey is one of the great early photographers. Having covered the entire area from Aswan through Cairo, to Jerusalem and the Holy Land, Lebanon and Baalbek, Syria, Asia Minor, Constantinople and Greece, he returned to France with about 900 daguerreotype plates of exquisite quality and sharpness. He used these to prepare the plates in this book, which has loaned the lithographs extraordinary verisimilitude. The present copy uniquely has two settings of the first bifolium of text, the later setting accompanied by a printed notice of correction advising subscribers to discard the other setting. RARE: not in Abbey, Atabey, Blackmer or Brunet. Naef, Photographers of Genius at the Getty, p.20 ('published in a very small edition'); Perez, Focus East: Early Photography in the Near East 1839-1885, pp.167-168; Présence de l'Egypte: dans les collections de la Bibliothèque universitaire Moretus Plantin, p.222 no.93 (24 plates).

    LIST OF PLATES: 1 Haram el Chérife, Jérusalem; 4 Mosquée d'Amrou, au Kaire; 5 Détails. Mosquée d'Amrou, au Kaire; 12 Intérieur, Mosquée d'Ibn-Touloun; 13 Détails, Mosquée d'Ibn-Touloun; 14 Mosquée El-Hakem, au Kaire; 22 Cour de la Mosquée El-Azhar, au Kaire; 25 Alep, [unnumbered, headed: Monts Arabes Égypte XIVe siécle, shows hexagonal or octagonal top of a Mineret, the upper half of following print]; 38 Minaret, Mosquée Mohammed el Naçer, au Kaire [lower half of preceding print]; 41 Mosquée de Beybars; 48 Château d' Alep; 56 Porte de la Citadelle, au Kaire; 59 Plans et Détails, Château d'Alep; 60 Porte Kennesrine à Alep; 70 M. Naçeriyéh. Kaire. M. El Bordéni; 72 Mosquée Kaïtbay, au Kaire; 80 Mosquée et Tombeau d'El Goury, au Kaire; 84 Tombeau du Sultan Tarabey; 87 Tombeau et Minarets, au Kaire; 88 Une Rue a Rosette; 95 Fouah, sur le Nil; 98 Mosquée Nabédémiane, Alexandrie; 100 Un Iwan a Damas.


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