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Hammarlunds Antikvariat

Sankt Göransgatan 98
112 45 Stockholm
+46-8650 70 02 / 073-775 93 29


Price: EUR 6000,00

[Photographs] Berggren, Guillaume / Sebah & Joallier / Photoglob Zürich

Constantinople. Berggren [Grand Tour Album]

1890s Oblong folio 27 x 38 cm. 40 albumen photographs mounted on cardboard. 25 photos by Berggren, 5 by Sebah & Joallier and 5 unsigned measuring ca 20,5 - 22 cm x 26,5 - 28 cm. The album also has 5 coloured photos by Photoglob Zürich measuring 16,5 x 22,5 cm. Most photos with titles in the plates and all of them with manuscript captions in french on the cardboard.

Green half calf. Title in gilt at the front board. Foxing to the cardboards. The photos in very nice condition.

Wonderful images of Istanbul mostly by the swedish photographer Guillaume Berggren (1835-1920) who arrived in Istanbul in 1866 and remained there for the rest of his life, depicting all aspects of the city. He kept a photographic studio in the Pera district and became popular among Grand Tour travellers. Sebah &Joallier teamed up in 1888, and became official photographers to the sultan. The coloured photos are marked P. Z. which stands for Photoglob Zürich, a company specializing in lithographic printing of colours on photographs, in other words their photos are not in colour photography, they are colour prints on black and white photos. The company was founded in 1889 and their pictures soon became very popular. It is interesting that the album has five of these colour printed photos. The album depict the Galata Bridge, Pera, the University from Beyazit Square, Seraskierat Tower, Yedi Castle, Leander´s Light House, Hagia Sofia outside and inside, villas by the water front, a fisherman´s shaky hut in the middle of the Bosporus, a graveyard, a barber shop, water pipe smokers as well as numerous street views and harbour views teeming with life and movement, and more. The photographs are of very high artistic quality and gives a fine impression of the life in the city in the late 1800s, a very different era.

Item No: 4143