Los Angeles: Eric Chaim Kline Bookseller, 2016. Signed Limited edition. 1/60. Oblong Quarto.  252 pp. Black silk with photograph and gilt lettering on cover, housed in matching silk slipcase. All edges gilt. Tan endpapers. Translucent photographic flyleaf. With a 23-inch panorama of Constantinople in rear pocket. Handsome and extensive nineteenth-century photographic survey of the Islamic Near East from Morocco to Turkey. Illustrated with 374 photographs (many full page), arranged thematically. Primarily ethnographic albumen prints, color photochroms, glass slides and a ferrotype, the images were selected from the extraordinary 5000-image archive of Mohammed B. Alwan, Arabic language and literature professor. With eleven-page introduction by Stephen Sheehi, Sultan Qaboos bin Said Chair of Middle East Studies at William & Mary College. The work reproduces the hue, value, contrast and focus of each original print. Photo captions in English. Color map of the region and index of photographers at rear.
An elegant and powerful view of life in Middle Eastern cities, villages, countryside, waterways and deserts, with uncommon and compelling images, including glass slides from Palmyra, a solar eclipse, sword play, and--please be advised--severed heads.
Photographers include: Addullah Frères, American Colony, Arnoux, Beato, Béchard, Bonfils, Borgiotti, Bougault, Dumas, Famin, Frith, Garrigues, George, Gulmez, Hakim, Snouch Hurgronje, Iranian, Lehnert & Landrock, Lekegian, Leroux, Neurdein Frères, Photoglob Zürich, Reiser, Rubellin Pére & Fils, Sebah & Joaillier, Soler, A.T. Thompson, Underwood & Underwood and Zangaki. Item #40478
Desert / Markets / Women / Cities / Music & Dance / Heritage / Men / Transportation / Religion / Government / Crime & Punishment / Professionals / Street Scenes / Domestic Life / Rivers & Seas / Village Life / Children / Education / Altered Images / Visions of the Maghreb / Photographing Jerusalem / Albums, Slides, Stereoscopes & Panorama
About the collection:
The 5000-image archive represents fifty years of work by distinguished European and native photographers, at least 33 of whom are credited, including Beato, Béchard, Dumas, Frith, Hakim, Iranian, Lekegian and Sébah. It was created over a period of forty years by Mohammed B. Alwan, professor of Arabic literature and culture at Tufts and Harvard Universities. Many of the collection's prints were acquired during travel throughout Egypt, Lebanon, Syria and Alwan's native Iraq. The collection is available for acquisition; please direct inquiries to Eric Chaim Kline.