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FRITH, FRANCIS. 1822-1898.  Egypt and Palestine Photographed and Described. London: James S. Virtue, [1858-59.]

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Description: FRITH, FRANCIS. 1822-1898. Egypt and Palestine Photographed and Described. London: James S. Virtue, [1858-59.] Folio (438 x 323 mm). With oval albumen portrait of Frith in Turkish dress and 75 other mounted albumen prints, each with guards and printed descriptions. Contents lists. Contemporary half morocco, gilt-lettered, spines gilt. Some spotting at ends and at margins of mounts, vol 1 with fading to last several photographs, expert repairs to bindings at joints and corners. FIRST EDITION OF THE PHOTOGRAPHER'S EARLIEST WORK. From Frith's own introduction, "I may be allowed to state, as giving additional value to good Photographs of eastern antiquities, that a change is rapidly passing over many of the most interesting: in addition to the corroding tooth of Time and the ceaseless drifting of the remorseless sand, Temples and Tomba are exposed to continued plundering—Governors of districts take the large blocks of stone, and the villagers walk off with the available bricks, whilst travellers of all nations break up and carry off, without scruple, the most interesting of the sculptured friezes and the most beautiful of the architectural ornaments. The difficulties which I had to overcome in working in collodion, in those hot and dry climates, were also very serious. When (at the Second Cataract, one thousand miles from the mouth of the Nile, with the thermometer at 110o in my tent) the collodion actually boiled when poured upon the glass plate, I almost despaired of my success...." Blackmer 1942; Gernsheim Incunabula 88; Goldschmidt & Naef 61.

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FRITH, FRANCIS. 1822-1898.  Egypt, Nubia, and Ethiopia. London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1862.

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Description: FRITH, FRANCIS. 1822-1898. Egypt, Nubia, and Ethiopia. London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1862. 4to (229 x 170 mm). With 100 albumen stereoviews by Frith, wood engravings. Text by Samuel Sharpe. Stereoscope advertisement slip bound in (torn on outside edge). Original cloth, cover and spine gilt, all edges gilt. Repair to blank area of margin and to corner of description of plate 1 (with loss to text), few marginal tears, photograph mounts trimmed without loss, rebacked with original spine laid down, corners showing, rubbing to cloth. Provenance: Lester Collins Farris (bookplate). FIRST EDITION in original cloth and with the Negretti and Zambra stereoscope advertisement slip bound in.

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