Prospectus and Specimens of the Wood Engravings... [for] The Oriental Album; or Historical, Pictorial and Ethnographical SketchesIllustrating the Human Families in the Valley of the Nile, Their Costumes, Usages, Habits, Modes of Life, &c.&c.&c.
James Madden, Publisher, 8, Leadenhall Street, London... M.DCCC.XLVII .
Publisher's advertisement prospectus illustrated with wood-engraved vignettes, very scarce prospectus. 4 pages, folio (555 x 380mm, 21¾ x 15"). Includes List of Plates; with publisher's printed red labels glued to first and last page. Some soiling, generally good.
Achille Prisse d'Avennes's 'Oriental Album. Characters, Costumes, and Modes of Life, in the Valley of the Nile. Illustrated from Designs Taken on the Spot...'. Prisse travelled through Egypt in the guise of an Arab. He excavated at Thebes from 1839 to 1843 with the botanist George Lloyd (1815-1843), to whom the work is dedicated and whose portrait forms the frontispiece. It was Lloyd who encouraged Prisse to begin the series of drawings which forms this work, but Lloyd accidentally shot himself so did not live to see its publication. The text is by James Augustus St. John who travelled extensively in Egypt and Nubia in 1832-33.
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