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The Sphinx outside Cairo - before the sands of time had been cleared away.
First Impression’s - earliest prints of ancient Egypt uncovered
Calotypes from the 1840's revealed the stunning architecture of the ancient civilisation to the Victorian public for the first time.
The stunning collection - comprising 59 black and white images of sights including the pyramids, the Sphinx and statues at Aswan - is among the first known volumes of travel photography.
Produced at a time when camera technology was still in its infancy, they were captured by Maxime Du Camp, the son of a wealthy French surgeon, between 1849 and 1851 during a government-funded expedition with his friend and literary great Gustave Flaubert.
They are being sold by Antiquarian Auctions in an online sale which ends on Thursday.