Largest Book of Photographs Sold for £330,000
There was quite some fuss related to this book on the occasion of the auction, as many rich entrepreneurs have bid for it. It includes 20 images of Egypt, Jerusalem and Sinai, all of them measuring a whopping 30 x 21 inches (77 x 55 cm). Francis Frith was the fellow who took the photos, during his trip through the Middle East, in 1856. Mr. Frith had had to carry a huge load of large cameras with him in order to be able to shoot big photos like these, which, worth mentioning, are not enlarged.
In addition, he had to take some very dangerous chemicals and a mobile dark room with him, all of them required for the process of developing. Two years later, in 1858, the book was published, as a collection of images from the Middle East, with texts signed Mr. and Mrs. Reginald Stuart. These individuals were in fact Mr. Frith’s friends.
The book sold for £330,000 on the 12th of June was the copy that went to London.