ETHCDV27. J. Garrigues, Tunis. North African CDV of mother and daughter. VG. $125

Davis Garber, NY. William Taylor (1821-1902), Missionary Bishop of Africa, 1884-1896, of the Methodist Episcopal Church. VG. $600

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ETHCDV45. No ID. On back is written “Negresse avec son eventail” (Negress with her fan). I believe this is Algerian. VG. $125

Algerian CDV
ETHCDV51. Attibuted to J. Tresorier. Native woman with bag. VG. $150

Algerian CDV
ETHCDV54. Attributed to Alary & Geiser. Native woman. VG. $100

ETHCDV77. C.D. Fredricks & Co., NY. Malay doctor & patient. VG. $450

ETHCDV90. Barton & Co., Secunderabad Hyderabad. A group of Indian children. G. $50

ETHCDV91. Barton & Co., Secunderabad Hyderabad. Group of Indian children. VG. $65

ETHCDV92. Barton & Co., Secunderabad Hyderabad. Group of Indians. VG. $65

ETHCDV107. Bourne & Shepherd, India. Tobacconists of Bombay. VG. $250

ETHCDV110. No photographer ID. On verso is written “Turco.” A Turco is an Algerian soldier in the French Army. VG. $125

ETHCDV111. No photographer ID. This is a Turco, an Algerian soldier in the French Army. VG. $125

ETHALB1. Fine CDV album of 144 CDVs, 28 of which are tinted. Most are Middle Eastern with an assortment of other nationalities. The CDVs are permanently enclosed in the album as the pages do not have slits at top or bottom for removal. 12″ x 9.” One of the clasps is missing. VG-E condition. $6500

ETHCDV118. R. Caracachian, Constantinople. Street vendor. G-. $35

ETHCDV119. Group of 4 in middle-eastern outfits. Unidentified. VG. $65

ETHCDV120. Three women around a grinding mortar stone. Unidentified location. VG. $75

ETHCDV121. Image is labeled “Coolie,” no location. Merchant with primitive scale and merchandise. Probably Japan, my guess. VG. $75

EthnicAlbum9. Rare Early Carte-de-Visite Photos of Egypt. Several images by Hammerschmidt, Wilhelm; Desire, Ermé; & David Robertson & Co. Album of Fifty Early Original Cartes-de-visite Albumen Photographs of Egypt and Its People, Showing Cairo (General Views, Muhammad Ali Mosque, Sultan Hassan Mosque, the Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, &c.), Beirut, Portraits of Arab Merchants, Street Sellers, Officials, Musicians, a Barber, a Shoe Cobbler, “Arab Beggar,” “Arab Washwomen,” “Bedouin Soldier,” Water Carriers, and Others. Ca. 1860s-1870s. Small thick CDV album with 25 album leaves. 50 albumen CDV photos, all ca. 2 ¼ x 3 ½ in. Various photographers. All images are shown above. If there is a backmark or anything written on verso the verso is shown. If the verso is blank, it is not shown.

The album contains thirty-two portraits of Egyptians and scenes from their life (merchants in their shops, government officials, musicians, a barber and his client, “a seller of sugar cane,” a shoe cobbler, “Arab beggar,” “Arab coffee merchant,” “Arab washwomen,” “Bedouin soldier,” water carriers and sellers, women and children, &c.). The other images show Cairo and its environs: general views, photos of Muhammad Ali Mosque (general view, a view of the courtyard and fountain), the Mosque of Sultan Hassan (exterior and interior) and other Mamluk mosques, the Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx, &c. The collection also includes two general views of Beirut, Lebanon. Overall a beautiful album with well-preserved early carte-de-visite photographs of Egypt.

“Born in Berlin, Wilhelm Hammerschmidt was already a professional photographer when he settled in Cairo, Egypt, around 1860. There he established the Hammerschmidt shop, where he sold photographic materials to other early photographers such as Henry Cammas. Hammerschmidt exhibited ten views of Egypt at the Société Française de Photographie in 1861 before becoming a member the following year. He also made costume and ethnographic studies, exhibiting those at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1867. Hammerschmidt also made photographs in Syria and Nubia, now Sudan” (Wilhelm Hammerschmidt / Getty Museum Collection; Hammerschmidt is considered one of the first photographers to produce high-quality detailed images of Egypt and his travels and photographs of Upper Egypt and Nubia predate popular tourism in Egypt. He appears to have collaborated with the pioneering photo chemist Hermann Wilhelm Vogel (1834-1898) which would explain the high quality of Hammerschmidt’s photographs.
Ermé Désiré opened his photo studio in Cairo in ca. 1864 and became known for the series of views of the construction of the Suez Canal and numerous photos of Cairo, produced on the assignment of Ismail Pasha, the Khedive of Egypt. He also took classical ethnographic portraits of local people, from beggars and street sellers to Egyptian dignitaries and officers of the Khedivial army. VG. $4500