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ROBERTS, David (1796-1864). The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt & Nubia... with historical descriptions by the Revd. George Croly, with Egypt and Nubia from drawings made on the spot...with historical descriptions by William Brockedon. London: F. G. Moon, 1842-1849.
6 volumes bound in four, large broadsheets. Lithographic portrait of Roberts by C. Baugniet on india paper mounted, 2 engraved maps, 6 tinted lithographic vignette titles and 241 plates lithographed by Louis Haghe after David Roberts. (Some spotting). Contemporary green half morocco gilt (some wear to edges).
FIRST EDITION of Roberts' monumental work on Palestine and the Near East. It was issued in 41 parts over 7 years in 3 states: tinted, tinted proofs and colored and mounted on card. It is beautifully illustrated by Louis Haghe's masterly lithography. Roberts paid tribute to Haghe's work 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', while Abbey regarded the work as 'one of the most important and elaborate ventures of nineteenth-century publishing, and...the apotheosis of the tinted lithograph' Abbey Travel 272 and 385; Tooley 401-2; Blackmer 1432. (4)