The earliest photographic documents of the city of Mecca, its dignitaries and its pilgrims

Snouck Hurgronje, Christian. Mekka. (And:) Bilder-Atlas zu Mekka.

Haag, Nijhoff, 1888-1889.

2 vols. of text (4to) and one volume of plates (folio, 284 x 378 mm). Text: XXIII, (1), 228, (2) pp. With 3 genealogical tables and 2 folding maps. XVIII, 397, (1) pp. Atlas: 4 chromolithogr. plates, 5 (of 6) toned lithogr. plates (one folding), and 65 mounted photographs on a total of 39 (of 40) plates; 1 letterpress leaf of contents. Includes original printed upper board cover, loosely inserted. Modern black library cloth with gilt title to spine; atlas portfolio uniform with books. Contemporary black half roan, spines in five compartments with raised bands gilt, original atlas-portfolio of black cloth-backed printed cream boards.


First edition, a complete set with both text volumes and the portfolio with all the photographic plates, but lacking one of the lithographs. The Dutch orientalist Snouck spent a year in Mecca and Jeddah during 1884/85 and was married to a Mecca woman. He was the first non-Muslim to visit the city outside the annual pilgrimage. The photographs, taken by himself and an Arabic physician, are among the earliest to show Mecca and its pilgrims.

Spines of both text volumes and portfolio professionally restored. Atlas lacks plate XVII (detail of Kiswah fabric), some light scattered spotting, minor creasing to mounts.


Macro 1239 (omitting mention of the Atlas). Henze V, 177. Dinse 443.