Souvenir album containing large mounted albumen prints of views of Istanbul, Turkey, published by the studio of Sébah & Joaillier,
between 1888 and 1910.
Jean Pascal Sébah was trained in photography as a young boy of sixteen by his brother Cosimi, following the death of their
Syrian-born father, Pascal Sébah in 1886. Jean took over the studio in 1888, and entered into partnership with a Frenchman,
Polycarpe Joaillier; the studio became known as Sébah & Joaillier. Based in Constantinople, they were the official photographers
of the Sultan. According to the Encyclopedia of Nineteenth-Century Photography, edited by John Hannavy, Sébah and Joaillier
came to be the chief "suppliers of evocative imagery to the increasing number of people who undertook the Victorian Grand
Tour" (see v. I, p. 1730-1734). Sébah & Joaillier continued in business until 1910 when Joaillier returned to France.
album (20 photographic prints) : albumen, 16 x 22 cm (album)
Photographs (13 x 18 cm) are mounted on cards of heavy white stock (15 x 21 cm), one photo on each side. Captions, stock numbers,
and name of photographer or studio in negative along lower margin. Most of the photographs are signed "Sébah &
Joaillier," with a few signed "P. Sébah."
Bound in red pebble-grain cloth boards, panelled in blind; title and publisher stamped in gold on upper cover; glossy white
Spec. Coll. copy: disbound; includes upper cover only, housed in white archival envelope; unbound photograph cards laid in
4-flap manila stock phase box; photographs and cover in modern beige cloth clamshell box, with spine label "Sébah &
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