A Tour-de-Force of Victorian Design and Taste: The Queen's Bible

Francis Frith journeyed through the Middle East in a canvas-covered photographic wagon. After each trip, he sold the rights to his stereographs and mammoth views, while reserving the medium-size prints for his own numerous publications, including the magnificent production now known as The Queen's Bible. He became the largest and most prolific English view publisher and his popular Middle Eastern views were sold in print shops throughout England and America. Eventually Frith was able to assign hired cameramen to photograph locally and abroad for postcards and album views; F. Frith & Co. was in business until 1968.

Prepared for the International Exhibition of 1862 in London, The Queen's Bible was produced in two handsome volumes, in an edition of 170 unnumbered copies. The fifty-six albumen prints (representing Frith's three trips to the Middle East) on letterpress mounts are keyed to chapter and verse citations.

The Holy Bible: Containing the Old and New Testaments ... Illustrated with Photographs by Frith. Glasgow; Edinburgh; London: William Mackenzie, 1862-63.
The New York Public Library, The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs, Photography Collection, from the Lenox Library.

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