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Bernard Quaritch Ltd


Camera studies in Iraq.


Camera studies in Iraq. Baghdad, Hasso Bros., [c. 1925].


Oblong 4to, with 73 photogravure illustrations on 50 plates, each titled in English, three identified as ‘R.A.F. Official Photograph’; occasional very light flecking, a good copy in the original boards in imitation of reptile skin, title embossed in gilt on upper cover; indentations on upper cover, rubbed, short splits at head of spine, foot of spine bumped.


An attractive and important series of images of Iraq, including monuments, aerial views and lively street scenes in Basrah, Baghdad, and Mosul. There are further architectural and engineering studies including the Shiite holy shrine of Kazimiyah and the ruins of Babylon. The photographs are attributed to A. Kerim, identified as Abdulkarim in the introduction to a reprint of the album, Iraq: Images from the Past (London: Alwarrak Publishing Ltd., 2003) by Dr. Jawdat al-Qazwini. A copy in the collection of Harvard Fine Arts Library includes a hand-written inscription.