Paris. Flammarion. 2003. First English-language Edition. Black cloth-bound hardback, dust jacket. 216 pages. Illustrated throughout with archival photographs. 280 x 280mm (11 x 11"). 1.75kg. 2080108883. English. Near fine, in near fine dust jacket; slight shelf wear.
An album of vintage photographs capturing the European and American expat culture in Egypt during the first four decades of the twentieth century. It was the beginning of a period of mass tourism, dominated by Thomas Cook and their cruises along the Nile. A tourist perched on a camel, a Bugatti at the foot of the pyramids, high tea served in jasmine-draped gardens... these are some of the images of Egypt under the last kings, Fuad and Farouk. The photographers are accompanied by contemporary accounts, including those of Rudyard Kipling, Jean Cocteau and Andre Gide.