ROBERTS, David. The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt & Nubia [with:] Egypt & Nubia from drawings made on the spot ... with historical descriptions by William Brockedon, London: F. G. Moon, 1842-49. 6 volumes, large 2° (603 x 421mm.), 2 engraved maps, tinted lithographed portrait, 6 titles and 241 plates, of which 121 half-page, lithographed by Louis Haghe after David Roberts (lacking 2 leaves of subscribers in vol. I, mainly marginal spotting throughout, strong to portrait, titles, maps, ca. 10 plates and at beginning and end of vol. II, a few light red stains in margin of plate 51 and light waterstain in upper margin of plate 64 in vol. II, title of vol. IV lightly browned, lower outer corner of plates 10 & 11 in vol. IV "nibbled at", waterstain in outer margin of plate 61 in vol. V, outer margins in vols. I-IV very lightly browned), contemporary green half morocco, spine lettered and decorated gilt in compartments with floral motifs (extremities very rubbed and scuffed), g.e.; bookplate of Ralph Carlin Flewelling, booklabel of The Clinton K Judy Memorial Library, California Institute of Technology. Abbey Travel 272 & 385; Blackmer 1432; Tooley 401-2.
FIRST EDITION. Robert's work on Palestine and the Near East is "one of the most important and elaborate ventures of nineteenth-century publishing, and ... the apotheosis of the tinted lithograph". Roberts paid tribute to Haghe's work in glowing terms, "Haghe has not only surpassed himself, but nothing 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, p. 341). One of the plates is illustrated on the front cover of this catalogue. (6)