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The Resource Holy Land & Egypt

Holy Land & Egypt

Label
Holy Land & Egypt
Title
Holy Land & Egypt
Title variation
Holy Land and Egypt
Contributor
Former owner
Photographer
Subject
Genre
Language
fre
Summary
Souvenir album of Egypt and the Holy Land, containing 78 large albumen prints by Pascal Sebah (29), Antonio Beato (19), and Félix Bonfils/Maison Bonfils (30).
Cataloging source
CLU
Characteristic
picture
Summary expansion
The album was probably compiled in 1883 as the cover indicates, to document a trip through Egypt, Palestine, Jerusalem, and Syria. The album opens and closes with photographs of Egypt by Pascal Sebah, who at one time had studios in both Constantinople and Cairo. The photographs included here portray the local people of the country in the milieu of their homes, shops, and fields. The first view is a row of houses looming up from a Cairo street, the brick of the lower stories laid in stripes of dark and light, the upper stories bristling with window bays covered with elaborately carved wooden grates. Other photos show Egyptians at work: a group of rug merchants displaying carpets in their shop; a parade of women filling their large water jars with water from the Nile; a water vendor going door-to-door, a large animal skin bag strapped to his shoulder; men using shadoufs to raise water from the Nile to irrigate the fields; a young boy astride a water buffalo; a group of Bishari men lounging on bales of cotton and bags of grain, perhaps waiting for a boat to ferry them down the Nile. In another Sebah photograph, a dancer and group of musicians entertain the bride and groom at an Arab wedding. There are also photos of sightseeing boats moored at Aswan; and several views of the Nile at Aswan and Luxor that reflect the importance of the river in the life of the people. Also of interest in a photograph of the soldiers of a Scottish regiment posing around and on top of the Sphinx. A series of portraits concludes the album: a camel driver posing with his white camel; a young woman with water jars; and two men smoking and playing a mancala game. Photographs by Antonio Beato, signed "A. Beato," provide views of the antiquities of Egypt, such as the Colossus of Ramesses, Colossi of Memnon, Temple of Amenhotep, and Ramesseum in Luxor; the great temple of Karnak; and the temples at Philae. Bonfils photographed the buildings and antiquities of Jaffa, Ramlah, Jerusalem, Beirut, and Baalbek (Lebanon--also known as Heliopolis in Roman times). Included are photos of the Tower of Forty Martyrs in Ramlah, the Jerusalem city walls and gates, tomb of Absalom, Garden of Gethsemane, Al-Aqsa Mosque, and Jews praying at the Wailing Wall, and in Baalbek, the Acropolis, temples, and Cyclopean or colossal stone walls, some blocks of which weigh 2000 tons. Bonfils also made photographic portraits of everyday people--a mysterious veiled woman, a man carrying loaves of bread, a young mother carrying her baby asleep on her back, three men, perhaps family members, sitting solemnly on rugs and cushions, perhaps having commissioned a business contract or letter from the young man in the center, who might be a professional letter writer
Technique
not applicable
Label
Holy Land & Egypt
Instantiates
Production
Note
  • Title and date album was created taken from cover
  • Photographs are mounted on rectos and versos of 37 leaves of heavy white card, one or two to a page; some photographs have stock number and caption in French in negative, many others have caption in French or English pencilled in below photo in lower margin; some signed "A. Beato," "Bonfils," or "P. Sebah."
  • Bound in half binding of green pebble grain leather with black leather spine and corners; gilt fillets; gold-stamped cover title "Holy Land & Egypt 1883;" white textured endpapers; all edges gilt
  • Part of the Photograph Album Collection (Collection 94) in Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
still image
Content type code
sti
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
39 x 51 cm (album)
Extent
1 album (78 photographic prints)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Spec. Coll. copy: old bookplate on front pastedown of the Reading Room of the Convent of the Sacred Heart, Aberdeen [Scotland]. A large photograph, once affixed to front pastedown, has been almost complete torn off, and the faces of two gentlemen visible in the remaining shreds have been gouged away to prevent identification. Housed in modern beige cloth clamshell case. Purchase, Pablo Butcher, California International Antiquarian Book Fair, Pasadena, California, 2016.
Other physical details
albumen
Primary support material
paper
Secondary support material
paper
Specific material designation
photoprint
System control number
  • (OCoLC)954000948
  • ucoclc954000948
Label
Holy Land & Egypt
Production
Note
  • Title and date album was created taken from cover
  • Photographs are mounted on rectos and versos of 37 leaves of heavy white card, one or two to a page; some photographs have stock number and caption in French in negative, many others have caption in French or English pencilled in below photo in lower margin; some signed "A. Beato," "Bonfils," or "P. Sebah."
  • Bound in half binding of green pebble grain leather with black leather spine and corners; gilt fillets; gold-stamped cover title "Holy Land & Egypt 1883;" white textured endpapers; all edges gilt
  • Part of the Photograph Album Collection (Collection 94) in Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
still image
Content type code
sti
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
39 x 51 cm (album)
Extent
1 album (78 photographic prints)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Spec. Coll. copy: old bookplate on front pastedown of the Reading Room of the Convent of the Sacred Heart, Aberdeen [Scotland]. A large photograph, once affixed to front pastedown, has been almost complete torn off, and the faces of two gentlemen visible in the remaining shreds have been gouged away to prevent identification. Housed in modern beige cloth clamshell case. Purchase, Pablo Butcher, California International Antiquarian Book Fair, Pasadena, California, 2016.
Other physical details
albumen
Primary support material
paper
Secondary support material
paper
Specific material designation
photoprint
System control number
  • (OCoLC)954000948
  • ucoclc954000948

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