Rare book featuring Egyptian archaeological sites sold for £300K

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CAIRO – 31 October 2019: Sharjah International Book Fair’s 39th edition displays a rare book of the first documented archaeological survey, which features numerous archaeological sites in Egypt. It is priced at £ 300,000.

The book was written by photographer Maxime du Camp, and is titled “Egypt, Nubia, Palestine and Syria.” The book includes photographs collected during the years 1849, 1850 and 1851.

Du Camp earned his fame as a photographer rather than a writer as he returned from his oriental tour with over 200 photographs. He was also assigned with an archaeological mission to fulfill the Europeans’ passion about ancient Egypt and the Holy Land. Du Camp embarked on a photographic trip in the Nile Basin and Palestine, returning with 125 rare pictures.

It is worth mentioning that Sharjah International Book Fair comes in participation with Nobel laureates for literature, and international Academy-Award winning filmmakers. The book fair comes under the slogan “Open books … Open minds.”

A total of 2,000 publishing houses from 81 Arab and foreign countries are taking part in the massive event, which runs from Oct. 30 to Nov. 9 in the Expo Center Sharjah. Mexico is the book fair’s guest of honor. American media personality Steve Harvey was also announced to be the book fair’s guest of honor.

In its 39th edition, the book fair presents a variety of events; some 350 cultural events will be organized and carried out by 90 distinguished personalities from 28 countries. In addition, 409 events focusing on children will be held by 28 guests from 13 countries, and the Culinary Corner will hold 48 events performed by 15 chefs from nine countries.

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