The Holy Land in Three Divisions: Jerusalem and Galilee; Jordan and Bethlehem; Idumea and Petra

ROBERTS, David. With historical descriptions by The Rev. George Croly.
London: Cassell, Petter, Galpin & Co, [c. 1889]. Illustrated with 120 tinted lithographs by Louis Haghe from original drawings by David Roberts. (all present.) Plates slightly larger (32 x 24 cm) than in the earlier quarto edition and are also identified outside the image.
All parts bound in one volume.
Half folio (approximately 10 x 14 inches exclusive of margins), original scarlet padded morocco, heavy gilt decorations, spine with raised bands, extra gilt, lettered in gilt, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. Spine ends, edges and corner a little rubbed, spine a tad darkened (gilt very bright), preliminary and terminal leaves with some brown spotting rarely affecting the image area of the plates.


David Roberts, R.A. (24 October 1796 – 25 November 1864) was a Scottish painter. He is especially known for a prolific series of detailed lithograph prints of Egypt and the Near East that he produced from sketches he made during long tours of the region (1838–1840). These and his large oil paintings of similar subjects made him a prominent Orientalist painter. He was elected as a Royal Academician in 1841.

In 1838, Roberts embarked on a journey that would shape Europe's perception of the Middle East and then Roberts worked with lithographer Louis Haghe from 1842 to 1849 to produce the lavishly illustrated plates of the Sketches in the Holy Land and Syria, 1842–1849 and Egypt & Nubia series. He funded the work through advance subscriptions which he solicited directly. The scenery and monuments of Egypt and Holy Land were fashionable but had hitherto been hardly touched by British artists, and so Roberts quickly accumulated 400 subscription commitments, with Queen Victoria being subscriber No. 1. Her complete set is still in the Royal Collection. The timing of publication just before photographs of the sites became available proved fortuitous. [.

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