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    Sale 13206

    Islamic Manuscripts Featuring The Mohamed Makiya Collection

    18 April 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 209

    IBRAHIM RIF'AT PASHA: MIR'AT AL-HARAMAYN WA AL-RIHLAT AL-HIJAZIYYA WA AL-HAJJ WA MASHARI'UH AL-DINIYA

    CAIRO, EGYPT, AH 1344/1925 AD

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    IBRAHIM RIF'AT PASHA: MIR'AT AL-HARAMAYN WA AL-RIHLAT AL-HIJAZIYYA WA AL-HAJJ WA MASHARI'UH AL-DINIYA
    CAIRO, EGYPT, AH 1344/1925 AD
    First edition of Rif'at Pasha's major topographical work on Hejaz and the Hajj, Mir'at al-Haramayn aw al-Rihlat al-Hijaziya (The Mirror of the Two Holy Shrines, or Travels in Hejaz and the Hajj and its Religious Ceremonies), in two volumes, 8vo, Arabic text with occasional English translation, 557 photographs and illustrations, in green binding, the bindings split
    9 3/8 x 6 ½in. (23.8 x 16.9cm.)


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    This work is important for its photographic illustrations of the Hejaz and forms a detailed narrative of General Ibrahim Rif'at Pasha's four pilgrimages to Mecca and Medina in 1901, 1903, 1904 and 1908. After the first pilgrimage, he resolved to take his own photographs. But during the pilgrimages of 1904 and 1908 he was accompanied by the more skilful Egyptian photographer, Muhammad 'Ali Efendi Sa'udi, who was the first to take 3-D views of the Hajj and many of the photographs reproduced in his account.

    The first photographs of the Holy Cities of Mecca and Medina were taken by General Muhammad Sadiq Bey (1822-1903). Although he first visited the cities in 1861, his first photographs are from 1880 where he documented the buildings of Mecca and Medina as well as panoramic views of Mecca. Two other works, Muhammad Batanuni’s The Journey to the Hijaz and Subhi Saleh’s Pélerinage à la Mecque et à Médine use Sadiq Bey’s photographs.

    Another copy of Mir'at al-Haramayn sold at Christie's South Kensington, 11 October 2013, lot 699 and 9 October 2015, lot 387.

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