SNOUCK HURGRONJE, Christian (1857-1936). Mekka. The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, 1888-89. 3 vols., consisting of 2 text vol. 8° (246 x 165mm) and 1 atlas vol. 2° (365 x 275mm). Half-titles, 2 folding plans, atlas with 40 plates, consisting of 65 photographs mounted on 30 plates, 4 chromolithographs, and 6 tinted lithographs. (One plan with a short marginal tear, atlas with occasional light scattered spotting, small marginal tear to plates VI and XXXIX.) Text volumes in contemporary brown half sheep, atlas volume in original half cloth portfolio (portfolio worn, spine neatly repaired). Provenance: Karl Jagfeld (stamp).
FIRST EDITION, RARE, OF THIS IMPORTANT BOOK ON MECCA. Amongst the earliest published photographs of the Holy City, by one of its leading photographers and one of the first non-Arab photographers of the Hijaz. With the assistance of his Muslim assistant Abu Bakar, Snouck Hurgronje describes the holy city's early history, the traditions of the first Islamic communities, as well as contemporary daily life. His important photographs document the area before Western modernization, recording 'pilgrims from all over the Islamic world, in addition to the sharif of Makkah, the Turkish governor, and various religious and secular figures' (Badr el-Hage, p.46). These photographs include 2 by Muhammed Sadiq Bey, one of the pioneers of Arabian photography. Badr el-Hage, Saudi Arabia Caught in Time, Reading: 1997.