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Victorian Middle East Photograph Album Assembled by J. Menderson
[NP]: NP, [ca. 1870-90]. Hardcover. Very good. Oblong quarto album if full leather with name stamped in gilt on front board, newly rebacked. Thirty 10" by 8" images plus four 5" by 4" images, each protected by a tissue guard. Small nicks to the edges of the first image [Bay of Algiers] , else contents in fine condition. Menderson remains anonymous, but was most likely an American of financial means and leisure. Of the identified photographers work, four are those of Luigi Fiorillo's studio and three are of Bonfil's. A nice grouping of images detailing people and places beginning with Algeria, progressing to Egypt, and finally ending at the Wailing Wall in Palestine; of particularly interest is the portrait of the reclining 'Zora', attributed to Jean Geiser. Though fully clothed, reclined with cigarette in hand, the image would no doubt nibble at the prurient interest of the Victorian traveler.
      [Bookseller: Kenneth Mallory Bookseller. ABAA]
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