ROBERTS, David (1796-1864). The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt & Nubia; [with:] Egypt and Nubia. London: F. G. Moon, 1842-1849.
41 parts in 31 as issued, 2° (620 x 445mm). With two adverts laid-in. Lithographic portrait of Roberts by C. Baugniet on india paper mounted on card, 2 engraved maps, 6 tinted lithographic titles, 122 full-page tinted plates and 120 half-page. (Mostly marginal spotting, some plates spotted, some wear at the extremities but mostly to the guards, occasional light soiling.) Original printed wrappers with brown cloth spines, some front wrappers numbered in manuscript or with printed over-slips, together in four contemporary maroon half-leather portfolios with near contemporary labels on the front covers (gutta-percha perished with all leaves detached from wrappers, some spotting, the second title with some cloth spines worn and some wrappers detached, some soiling, portfolios rubbed and lacking some ties). Provenance: 'F.v.L.L.W' (binding).
FIRST EDITION, IN THE ORIGINAL PARTS, OF 'ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT AND ELABORATE VENTURES OF NINETEENTH-CENTURY PUBLISHING, AND ... THE APOTHEOSIS OF THE TINTED LITHOGRAPH' (Abbey). One of a very few copies entirely in the original printed part wrappers to have appeared on the market. In 1838 Roberts made plans for his journey to the Near East, inspired by his love of artistic adventure. Departing in August 1839 for Alexandria, he spent the remaining part of the year in Cairo, visiting the sites. In February the following year he set out across the desert for the Holy Land by way of Suez, Mount Sinai and Petra, arriving in Gaza, and then on to Jerusalem, concluding his tour by spending several months visiting the biblical sites of the Holy Land, finally returning to England in late 1839. Roberts paid tribute to Haghe's lithography in glowing terms: 'Haghe has not only surpassed himself, but all that has hitherto been done of a similar nature. He has rendered the views in a style clear, simple and unlaboured, with a masterly vigour and boldness which none but a painter like him could have transferred to stone'. Abbey Travel 272 and 385; Tooley 401-2; Blackmer 1432. (4)