AUCTION 73 | Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Printed Books, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters & Graphic Art

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Lot 232


Roberts, David. The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt, & Nubia. After Lithographs by Louis Haghe from drawings made on the spot by David Roberts, R.A. with historical descriptions by the Reverend George Croly, L.L.D. * Vol. I - Jerusalem and Galilee. * Vol. II - The Jordan and Bethlehem. * Vol. III - Idumea and Petra. * Vol. IV - Nubia and Egypt. * Vol. V-VI - Egypt. Lightly browned, trace foxed. Later half-calf with gilt crest on upper covers. Lg. 4to. Abbey Travel II 388.

London: Day & Son 1855-56

Est: $3,000 - $5,000
This monumental series of views of ancient sites in the Near and Middle East created by Scottish artist David Roberts (1796-1864) was one of the most important and elaborate ventures of 19th-century publishing - the apotheosis of the tinted lithograph. Roberts published the results of his travels between 1842 and 1849 in six large format volumes, to much critical and popular acclaim. The success of the folio issue was sufficient to persuade Day & Son to take on the publication of the present quarto edition.