Extremely rare first edition. James Madden, London, 1848. Elephant folio, 1 frontispice, 60 pages, 30 plates. Contemporary cloth boards rebacked and recornered. Prisse’s Oriental Album is a visual documentary, in 30 magnificent folio tinted lithographs finished by hand, of the people, costumes and way of life in the Nile Valley, with commentary by the noted Orientalist James Augustus St. John. First trade edition of this beautifully illustrated survey of Egyptian “modes of life,” with lithographic frontispiece portrait of botanist George Lloyd, to whom the work is dedicated, additional chromolithographic title page, and 30 large tinted lithographs finished by hand of contemporary Egyptian dress. No foxing, no markings, small repair of a tear on last plate. A splendid, clean copy. Language: English. Relevant subjects: Modern Egypt.
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