London, South Kensington
3 October 2006
ROBERTS, David (1796-1864). Egypt and Nubia. From Drawings made on the spot ... with historical descriptions by William Brockedon. London: F.G. Moon, 1846-49. 3 volumes, 2° (613 x 438mm). 3 tinted lithographed titles, 61 plates and 60 illustrations, all lithographed by L. Haghe after Roberts, engraved map (occasional marginal thumb-soiling, some spotting but mainly affecting text leaves, light marginal waterstaining towards the end of vol. III). Contemporary morocco gilt, with the arms of Jerusalem on sides (covers a bit faded, extremities rubbed, a few scuff marks), gilt edges.
FIRST EDITION of the second, climactic part of Roberts's Holy Land. First appearing in twenty numbers, most containing six plates, it successfully brought to a conclusion 'one of the most important and elaborate ventures of nineteenth-century publishing and ... the apotheosis of the tinted lithograph.' Abbey Travel 272; Lipperheide 1591; Tooley 402. (3)
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