8 December 2015
PRISSE D'AVENNES, Achille Constant Théodore Emile (1820-1879) and James Augustus ST. JOHN (1801-1875). Oriental Album. Characters, Costumes and Modes of Life in the Valley of the Nile. London: James Madden, 1851.
2° (446 x 325 mm). Hand-colored tinted lithographic frontispiece and 30 hand-colored tinted lithographic plates by Lemoine, Lehnert, Mouilleron, Le Roux and others after Prisse d'Avennes. (Some foxing and staining, short marginal tear to one plate.) Contemporary gilt-panelled green morocco (rebacked, lightly rubbed and scuffed).
Second edition. Who was Who in Egyptology (London, 1972) describes Prisse as the "most mysterious of all the great pioneer figures in Egyptology“ and this early album, published shortly after he undertook excavations at Thebes and discovered the Table of the Kings at Karnak, justifies his reputation as “fine artist and outstandingly brilliant observer," equally interested in the costumes of men and women. The bearded European in arab dress, seen in the frontispiece, is the botanist George Lloyd (1815-1843), and the artist’s posthumous dedication records that Lloyd had suggested "this series of drawings, illustrative of the valley of the Nile," before his untimely death in a shooting accident. See Atabey 1001; Blackmer 1357; Brunet IV:885; Colas 2427; Lipperheide Ma30; not in Abbey.
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