HISTORIC PHOTOGRAPHY

Photograph No. III - Die Ka'bah

Historic photo from Snouck Hurgronje’s Bilder-Atlas zu Mekka, taken in 1885.
Photo 21 x 16.8 cm (Passepartout 37.7 x 27.4 cm)

Following his PhD with de Goeje in Leiden and further studies with Nöldecke in Strasbourg Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje (1857-1936) went on an extended research trip to Jiddah and Mecca during the years 1884 and 1885. He converted to Islam during his stay and lived in the Holy City of Mecca from February until August 1885. Snouck Hurgronje was the first European photographer in Mecca and the second photographer ever after the Egyptian Mohammed Sadiq Bey. Upon return to the Netherlands he became lecturer at Leiden University. ...

Panorama de Jérusalem (Panorama of Jerusalem). Albumen print, c. 1880.

Three part albumen print panorama (84.5 x 21.7 cm) backed onto linen.
Photographic title and numbers 298, 299, 300 in the negative.
Fair condition, some fading where prints are joined.

Panorama view of Jerusalem as seen from the Mount of Olives, with the dome of the Al-Aksa Mosque featuring prominently at the left. Félix Bonfils (1831-1885) was a French photographer and writer who was active in the Middle East. Having served in a French army expedition in 1860 he left France for Lebanon in 1867 and established Maison Bonfils photographic studio. Around 600 negatives were produced by Felix Bonfils, notably of Jerusalem, but also of Egypt, Syria, Greece and Constantinople. Today they offer valuable document...

Album Tunisia: Biskra, El-Kantara, Mansouria, Sidi Okba, Temacine, Touggourt

Album with 40 Silver Gelatin Prints
31.5 x 25.6 cm
c. 1925

Album of 35 privately taken, well-preserved gelatin prints showing vivid and authentic street and market scenes. The album is accompanied by an inventory in Excel or pdf format and a digital reproduction of each photograph....

Album Morocco – Fez & Marrakech: Souks, Buildings, Street Scenes, Ramadan Prayers

Album with 27 Silver Gelatin Prints by E. Hoffmann
20 x14.5 cm
c. 1929

Beautiful example of a travel album that reproduces aspects of personal interest on a trip to Marrakech and Fez in 1929 to a good technical standard. Besides interesting shots of architecture, landscape and street scenes, the album contains many precise observations of special occasions such as the funeral of a child or the celebrations at the end of Ramadan. The album is accompanied by an inventory in Excel or pdf format and a digital reproduction of each photograph....

Album Tunis & Carthago: Mainly Islamic Architecture

Album with 44 Large Albumin Prints
44 x 31.2 cm
c. 1890

Album with 44 large format, mostly Albumin prints with many architectural details of Carthago and Tunis, a third of which taken by Neurdein, Soler, Rives, and Albert. The album is accompanied by an inventory in Excel or pdf format and a digital reproduction of each photograph....

Album Egypt: Assuan, Luxor, Medinet Habu, Karnak, Thebes, Cairo

Album with 81 Gelatine Prints by Anonymous Photographers
27 x 20.8 cm
c. 1911

Well-preserved travel Album of 1911 focusing on Assouan, Philae, Luxor, Theben, Carnak and Cairo. Excellent amateur photographs highlighting important details in the Pharaonic sites and giving a lively impression of the circumstances in which the trip took place. The album is accompanied by an inventory in Excel or pdf format and a digital reproduction of each photograph....

Album Tripolis/Libyen: Sabratha, Leptis Magna, Zliten, Tegrinna, Yafran

Album with 98 b/w Photos by Anonymous Photographer ("G.S.W.")
30 x 30 cm
c. 1937

Fine Album of a private trip to Libya with 98 well preserved photos giving rare insights of that time in Libya covering architecture, street and village scenes and portraits, including references to Italian Faschism. The album is accompanied by an inventory in Excel or pdf format and a digital reproduction of each photograph....

Album Algeria: Architecture, Portraits, Street Life, Tents

Two Albums with 57 Albumen Prints, Photogravure, Heliotypie, and 54 Postcards
32.8 x 25 cm
c. 1890 – 1900

Album on Algeria from 1890/1900 with 57 mostly Albumin prints covering portraits, street views and scenery. Complemented by a rare collection of 54 postcards focused on the same subjects in a second Album. The album is accompanied by an inventory in Excel or pdf format and a digital reproduction of each photograph....

Mekka in 1885: 63 Portrait Photographs from the Holy City

From Christiaan Snouck-Hurgronje’s “Bilder-Atlas zu Mekka”

Following his PhD with de Goeje in Leiden and further studies with Nöldecke in Strasbourg Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje (1857-1936) went on an extended research trip to Jiddah and Mecca during the years 1884 and 1885. He converted to Islam during his stay and lived in the Holy City of Mecca from February until August 1885. Snouck Hurgronje was the first European photographer in Mecca and the second photographer ever after the Egyptian Mohammed Sadiq Bey. Upon return to the Netherlands he became lecturer at Leiden University....

Large Collection of Oriental Photographs

With Focus on Islamic Architecture & Daily Life Late 19th & Early 20th Centuries

This unusual collection of Oriental Photography (late 19th and early 20th centuries) with focus on Islamic Architecture and Daily Life is being put up for sale in its entirety. Subjects covered are amongst others: - Market scenes, workshops, street kitchens, hunting, water wells, bedouin tents, transport by boat and by camel - Urban structures, mosques, markets, harbours, houses, palaces, ornament, the Suez Canal The Regional focus is on the Maghreb countries, Egypt, Bilad al-Sham and Istanbul. Besides more than 250 singl...