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[Binding title (also at the head of each plate):] Nil-Album.
[Vienna, Leopold Sommer and Comp., Anna Lynker and Conrad Greve, , ca. 1875]. Oblong Imperial 1mo (53.4 x 70 cm). Album with 32 chromolithographed plates (26 measuring 25 x 35.5 cm; 6 measuring 36.5 x 60.5), mounted on paperboard leaves, each leaf with lithographed title "Nil-Album" (above), and caption, imprint and note that they were painted from life by Anna Lynker (30) or Hans Sattler (2). All chromolithorgraphed by Conrad Greve. Printed by various Viennese printers: K.K. Hof- und Staatsdruckerei, E. Köke, M. Fein, Conrad Greve, Leopold Sommer and Comp. and Johann Haupt. [32] chromolithographed plates. Contemporary red half goatskin morocco, textured-cloth sides, the front board with the title "Nil-Album" (on the spine "Nil Album") in gold, watered-silk pattern endpapers.. An extraordinary and extremely rare album with breath-taking colour-printed views of Egypt and Nubia, made after watercolours painted from life at the sites. We have located only one other copy, and it has fewer plates than the present copy. Although there is no title-page, each plate and the contemporary binding have the title "Nil-Album" (Nile album). The plates show a dozen ancient Egyptian temples, the pyramids at Gisa, the two famous colossal statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III at Thebes (the Colossi of Memnon), and other ancient sites, some with hieroglyphic inscriptions. While the colour views of these sites as they were ca. 1870 would be of the greatest importance by themselves, the present album provides much more. These are not mere archaeological sites showing dead ruins, but views of living Egypt, with several mosques, merchants and others operating boats and rafts on the Nile, men smoking (both a straight clay pipe and a waterpipe) in a coffee house with children and a cat, four or five tubaned musicians performing while topless women dance, men hauling water at the Nile, a street scene with a camel and fully laden donkeys, a busy street scene in Cairo (also with a man smoking a pipe) and much more, as well as landscapes and riverscapes. Thirty of the original paintings were made by Viennese landscape painter Anna Lynker (1834-post 1909: some sources say 1893), who moved to the Middle East soon after completing her studies in Graz, Karlsruhe and Dusseldorf around 1865 and remained there to at least 1877, painting in watercolours and oils. Some of her paintings were brought back to Europe before she returned herself, so the present set may have been published while she was still there. The other two were painted by Hubert Sattler (1817-1904) from Salzburg, who painted in Egypt in the 1840s and 1850s. The production of the chromolithographs was overseen by the artist Conrad Grefe (1823-1907) for Leopold Sommer (1812-1880), whose firm traded as Leopold Sommer & Comp from 1868 to 1877 or possibly later. The only copy of the present series of prints that we have located is Staatsbibliothek in Munich and contains 30 plates. - Some spotting, a few leaves with marginal restorations, inner hinges reinforced, binding slichtly chafed and the joints slightly cracked, otherwise in very good condition. - WorldCat (1 copy, 30 plates only); for Lynker: http://www.ng-slo.si/en/exhibitions/exibition-or-project/revelations-september-2013?id=1523; for Sommer: http://www.biographien.ac.at/oebl/oebl_S/Sommer_Leopold_1812_1880.xml.
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