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(ALHAMBRA)


Album of twenty four original photographs of the Alhambra, Spain.
Spain: [c.1881]..

Oblong 4to. (25 x 33 cm.). 24 albumen prints (each c.19 x 25 cm) mounted back to front on 12 card leaves, fourteen with ms. captions. The end-papers, front and back, decorated with a pencil and wash distant panoramic sketch "View of the Alhambra from the Moor's Seat" dated "Nov.2nd 1881". Original red cloth covered boards. Binding soiled and rubbed at extremities, the first photograph a little faded and spotted, the remainder of the photographs in generally very good condition and exhibiting good rich tones.

No sign of authorship, but the sketch is of very good quality, the photographs of very good professional standard and the captions in English.

The Alhambra, built for the last Muslim emirs in Spain, is a palace and fortress complex located in Granada, Andalusia. Originally constructed as a small fortress in 889, it was rebuilt and renovated in the mid-13th century by Mohammed ben Al-Ahmar, the first king of the Nasrid dynasty which became the last Islamic sultanate on the Iberian Peninsula. The complex was designated a royal palace in 1333 under Yusuf I, Sultan of Granada. After centuries of disrepair, it was rediscovered in the 19th century by European scholars and travellers. The early photographs in this album therefore depict the Alhambra shortly after its rediscovery. Included are photographs of many of its major buildings, including the Hall of the Ambassadors, the Court of the Lions and fountain, and the Generalife.

Inscribed in pencil on the front end-paper by the compiler of the album is the following:
"The Alhambra/ The principal building was commenced by Hon-l-ahmar in 1248/ He everywhere introduces his motto: Wa la ghalib illa Al-lah/ ("There is no conqueror but God")"

Price £ 3750.00
Stock Code 51133
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