18 May 2006
CHRISTIAN SNOUCK HURGRONJE
Bilder aus Mekka -- Pictures of Mecca. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1889. 2° (365 x 270mm). 20 albumen prints mounted on 18 sheets loose in portfolio as issued. (Lacking the text leaves, mounts with occasional light scattered spotting, light soiling and light wear.) Original red cloth portfolio, front cover blocked in gilt, original patterned endpapers, original cloth ties (light spotting and light wear).
FIRST EDITION. THE RARE SUPPLEMENT TO MEKKA INCLUDING SOME OF THE EARLIEST PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE HOLY CITY. Following the publication and success of Mekka 'Hurgronje received a letter from his doctor in Makkah, whom he had taught the art of photography. The letter contained new photographs of the hajj which were of such great interest that he decided in 1889 to publish his Bilder aus Mekka as an annexe to it... Hurgronje has given us a rare and unique archive of photographs of the Hijaz, and of Makkah in particular' ' (Badr el-Hage, p.45-46). Badr el-Hage, Saudi Arabia Caught in Time, Reading: 1997.
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