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The Photographs of the American Palestine Exploration Society

By Rachel Hallote, Felicity Cobbing and Jeffrey A. Spurr

The Photographs of the American Palestine Exploration Society
Hardback, 368 pages £15.00
Published: 2012
ISBN: 9780897570985
Format: 280mm x 215mm
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Subjects: American Schools of Oriental Research, Ancient Near East, Archaeology
Series: Annual of ASOR

Illustrated in b/w with 15 figures and 180 plates.

This volume includes over 150 never previously published photographs of archaeological sites in the Middle East (Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Israel) taken in 1875 by photographer Tancrede Dumas for the American Palestine Exploration Society.

The volume additionally tells the complete history of the American Palestine Exploration Society, which functioned in the 1870s and worked together with the British Palestine Exploration Fund to survey and map archaeological sites in Ottoman Palestine. The interaction of the two societies is examined, and Dumas's photographs are put into a comparative context alongside those of contemporaries such as Bonfils.

These photographs preserve the appearance of many of these sites when they were first seen by westerners, before urban development and tourism changed the nature of the regions. Photographs include the ruins of Baalbek, Jerash, parts of Jerusalem, and numerous other sites.




Chapter 1: A Brief History of the American Palestine Exploration Society, 1870-1880

Chapter 2: Archaeological Photography and the Photography of Tancrède Dumas in Context

Chapter 3: The Itinerary of the 1875 Expedition

Chapter 4: APES Plans for its Photographs, and a History of the Extant Photographic Collections


Catalogue: The Dumas Photographs from the 1875 Expedition

Appendix A: Cross-Reference of Photographic Collections

Appendix B: List of American Palestine Exploration Society Staff and Committee Members in 1875

Appendix C: The 1873 Firman and its Translation

Appendix D: Archival Documents in the Collection of the Palestine Exploration Fund relating to the American Palestine Exploration Society.

'The Photographs of the American Palestine Exploration Society is a solid and useful contribution to a growing field. This volume provides thoughtful and well-produced materials to enable the work to progress.' (Simon Goldhill, Bryn Mawr Classical Review March 5 2013)

Felicity Cobbing is Executive Secretary and Curator of The Palestine Exploration Fund in London.

Publication Details:

 Hardback , 368 pages
 280mm x 215mm

BIC Code:
  HIS002000, HIS026000, SOC003000
 American Schools of Oriental Research


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