Knife Grinder in Cairo

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Arab knife grinder (in Cairo).

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A man is seen from the side sharpening a knife on a grindstone operated by foot.

The caption reads in the original French: Rémouleur arabe (au Caire).

This book consists of an incomplete series of twenty hand-colored engravings sorted in no particular order, which were most likely published separately and bound into book form on behalf of their owner. This would explain why the usual markers of regular book publishing, such as publication date, colophon, etc., are missing.
The date we mention applies to the engravings (i.e. not to the binding) and is informed by the publisher’s address, which changed during the course of 1841. Although some plates don’t show any information about the publisher, we assume they all belong to the same series.

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