27 September 2006
NORTH AFRICA, THE MIDDLE-EAST AND ARABIA INCLUDING T.E. LAWRENCE (LOTS 104-127)
L'Algérie Illustrée. Algiers: A. Leroux, 1888-1892. 2 vols., 2° (420 x 322 mm). 158 photographic plates with printed guards. Green half-leather preserving an original wrapper in each volume, spine with raised bands, spine lettered and tooled in gilt (light scuffing on spines).
FIRST EDITION. VERY RARE: APPARENTLY NOT IN THE BIBLIOTHèQUE NATIONALE DE FRANCE. The Catalogue collectif de France apparently records no copy and ABPC records no copy selling at auction for over 30 years. The Algiers-based photographer published his work monthly in parts over the course of 5 years, documenting the country's life and customs, professions and types, its principal cities, markets, and architecture in a variety of city and desert scenes. Alexandre Leroux opened his studio at Algiers in 1876 and produced numerous photographs of Algeria until his death 1912 when his sons continued selling his prints using his stamp. (2)
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