PRISSE D'AVENNES (ACHILLE CONSTANT T. EMILE) Oriental Album. Characters, Costumes, and Modes of Life
Lot 158
PRISSE D'AVENNES (ACHILLE CONSTANT T. EMILE) Oriental Album. Characters, Costumes, and Modes of Life, in the Valley of the Nile. Illustrated from Designs Taken on the Spot... With Descriptive Text by James Augustus St. John
Sold for £21,600 (US$ 35,795) inc. premium
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PRISSE D'AVENNES (ACHILLE CONSTANT T. EMILE)
Oriental Album. Characters, Costumes, and Modes of Life, in the Valley of the Nile. Illustrated from Designs Taken on the Spot... With Descriptive Text by James Augustus St. John, first edition, additional chromolithographed title and 31 hand-coloured lithographed plates after Prisse d'Avennes by Lemoine, Lehnert, Mouilleron and others (including portrait of George Lloyd in Arab dress), all mounted on card within rules and numbered in pencil, woodcut illustrations in the text, all on guards, occasional light spotting and a few short marginal tears, three small scuffmarks to margin of addtional title, early quarter morocco, rubbed, later endpapers [Atabey 1001; Blackmer 1357; Colas 2427; Lipperheide 1599], folio (537 x 440mm.), James Madden, 1848

Footnotes

  • The best issue with the finely hand-coloured lithographed plates mounted on card. Prisse d'Avennes went to Egypt in 1826 as engineer to Mehmet Ali, later travelling through the country in the guise of an Arab. Between 1839 and 1843 he and George Lloyd, the dedicatee, carried out extensive excavations at Thebes.
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