The largest book of photographs ever published has made over £330,000 in a sale at Bonhams.
The 150 year old book sold on 12 June 2012 at a Bonhams Book, Maps, Manuscripts and Historical Photographs sale in London. It had only been estimated to sell for around £50,000.
The book consists of 20 photographic views of Egypt, Sinai and Jerusalem by Francis Frith. The prints are 30 x 21inch (77x55 cm) in size.
The photographer and photo historian Helmut Gernsheim wrote: "This is the largest book with the biggest, un-enlarged prints ever published."
Francis Frith made his first trip to the Middle East in 1856 and published his book of views of Egypt in 1858 with text by his friends, Mr and Mrs Reginald Stuart Poole. He took with him huge cameras, a mountain of other equipment and a mobile darkroom. His chosen method of photography – the wet collodion process - required the plates to be coated with light sensitive emulsions immediately before exposure took place which meant he also had to carry dangerous chemicals with him.
For more information on the book, visit Bonhams