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Fine plates of a veiled woman, an Arabic man from Hedjaz, and the Mosques of Abdoulala at Bulaq,
Ahmed ibn Tolon and Ibrahim Agha

BIDA, Alexandre and Prosper BARBOT.
Souvenirs d'Egypte.
Paris, Lemercier, [ca. 1850]. Large folio (55 x 41 cm). With a lithographed title-page and 24 tinted lithographs with captions in Arabic, French and English, all mounted on cloth. Contemporary half calf, gold-tooled spine.
€ 19,000
First edition of a beautiful album with 24 spectacular plates. The first 12 plates, made by and after Bida, consist of character studies of people encountered in the region, such as a veiled woman, a horse groom, a dancing girl and an Arabic man from Hedjaz. The other 12 views, after Barbot, include views of ancient and modern Egyptian cities (from Philae to Cairo) and surroundings, the Mosques of Abdoulala at Bulaq, Ahmed ibn Tolon and Ibrahim Agha (Aqsunqur), all in Cairo, tombs of sultans and much more.
Alexandre Bida (1823-1895) studied under Eugene Delacroix and travelled widely through Egypt, Greece, Turkey, Lebanon and Palestine. Prosper Bardot (1798-1878), a pupil of Jules Coignet, made 2 journeys to Algeria (1842) and Egypt (1844-1846).
Beautiful copy. Colas 326; Chadenat 761 ("Très belle album non mis dans le commerce": very beautiful album not found in the trade); Lipperheide 1600; not in Ibrahim-Hilmy.
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