Auctions | December 13, 2019

Catawiki Auctions One of the First Photo Travel Books in the World

Assen, The Netherlands — Catawiki offers a wonderful edition of Maxime du Camp’s 1952 photo book, Egypte, Nubie, Palestine et Syrie, which depicts his travels to Egypt and the Near East in 1849-1851. The book is one of the first photo travel books in the world. Estimated value between €50.000-€80.000.

This photo book by Maxime du Camp contains 61 text pages, 125 pages with photographs (using the albumen paper printing technique of Blanquart-Evrard) and three engraved plates (one double page).

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The book was examined  in person by Marc Harrison, one of Catawiki’s book experts: “We have found this to be a very good to fine copy. It has the original full leather binding in place, which is a little rubbed to the edges, but holding well.” Internally the book is in very good condition, with only very light foxing to the title page and foxing to the plates.

Maxime Du Camp travelled around Europe and the Near East between 1849 and 1851 in the company of French novelist Gustave Flaubert. Their travels are well documented in both of their writings. Du Camp was an early amateur photographer, and his travel books were among the first ever to be illustrated with photographs.

The auction will be online from the 6th of December to the 17th of December and can be found here: