Mémoire sur la Nature et l’Age Respectif des Divers Appareils de Maçonnerie Employés dans l’Enceinte Extérieure du Haram-Ech-Chérif de Jérusalem.

De Saulcy, Louis Félicien Joseph Caignart, 1807-1880.

Book ID: 27123


4to. 81 pp., 11 double page lithophotographs by Auguste Salzmann, reproduced using the Poitevin procedure, modern cloth backed boards, original text, partly unopened, untrimmed edges, new endpapers, some light damp stains to margins, not affecting text, Mémoires de l’Institut Impérial de France, Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres Tome 26, Imprimerie Impériale, Paris, 1867.


This work is the result of the second trip to the Orient taken by Saulcy in 1863, seeking to disprove the objections of Renan and de Vogue to his thesis on the existence of masonry bricks (or rough cut stones) used in the precinct of the Haram El-Sherif in Jerusalem, vestiges dating back to the Kings of Juda. Saulcy was accompanied by the Architect Mauss and his friend Auguste Salzmann. To support Saulcy’s theories, Salzmann was invited to do a photographic cover of the Haram’s terrace and of the Kings’ Tomb. According to the catalogue of the Louvre’s Exhibition “Felix de Saulcy et la Terre Sainte” in 1982, Salzmann’s calotypes of this trip are unknown to this day. These photographs were not published in a book like those taken in 1856-57, they were printed and reproduced as photolithogravure (Poitevin method) by Lemercier under Salzmann’s directions; and were used to illustrate Saulcy’s articles published in 1866, 1867 and 1872.
Bibliographic Reference: Rohricht 444-28-29.

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