Sebah & Joaillier, 1880-1890. Hardcover. Impressive (11ft x 10") ten-panel panoramic albumen print fold-out of Constantinople. Red cloth boards with stunning gilt-stamped lettering and illustrations on the covers. Maroon leather spine. The back cover with gold-stamped Ay Yıldız (crescent moon star) within a circle of exquisite gilt stamped motifs. The panorama was taken from the Calata Tower and shows the harbor and its surrounding areas with a view over the Bosporus (Istanbul Strait ), the Topkapı Sarayı, the Haliç (Golden Horn), over to the Asian side of Üsküdar.
Pascal Sebah (1823-1886) was a French photographer in Constantinople who became well-known for his unique compositions, creative use of lighting, as well as his superior print quality by his technician, A. Laroche. In the late 1870's, Sebah became the chief photographer of the Ottoman Court. A couple of years after his death his son Jean (Johannes) formed a partnership with Policarpe Joallier, thereafter the studio was known as Sebah & Joaillier. Albumen prints mounted on heavy card stock, held together with white linen-tape along folds, as issued. Captivating late 19th century photographic work in a spectacular binding. Binding with rubbing and sunning to the edges of covers, corners and some of the gilt-stamped designs. Some light smudging to boards. Interior with foxing to interior covers and the edges of the photographic panels throughout. Most images are unaffected. Binding in good-, interior in good+ condition overall. Scarce. g- to g+. Item #42407