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[Volumes 1 & 2] The Holy Land : Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt & Nubia

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Date: 1855

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Inquisitive Western minds first glimpsed the mysteries of Egypt and the Middle East in detail through David Roberts' folio-sized Holy Land, issued in 41 parts from 1842 to 1849 and containing 250 full-page hand-colored lithographs produced from his magnificent, on-site drawings.

Roberts was the first Westerner to be granted permission to enter whichever sacred mosque or monument he desired. His images of these sacred places established what many people even today envision as the aura of Egypt and the Holy Land. "Roberts' Holy Land has a world-wide reputation; nothing of a similar character has ever been produced that can bear a comparison with it" (Ran, 6). Louis Haghe, considered the foremost lithographer of his time, transferred the exquisitely detailed drawings to stone.

Six volumes in three: v. 1. Jerusalem and Galilee -- v. 2. The Jordan and Bethlehem -- v. 3. Idumea and Petra -- v. 4-6. Egypt

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This is the first American edition of 1855-56, containing all 250 lithographic plates contained in the folio edition, including a frontispiece portrait of Roberts, six pictorial title pages, and two engraved maps. The work was originally published 1842, in 2 folio vols., with introduction by Rev. G. Croly. In 1847 combined with "Views in ancient Egypt and Nubia" (1846, introduction by W. Brockedon) and issued under general title "Views in the Holy Land, Syria, Idumea..." Cf. Allibone and Brit. mus. Catalogue

6 v. in 3, 250 leaves of plates : 31 cm

Quarto, contemporary full brown blind-stamped morocco sympathetically re-backed, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt.

Each volume has separate illustrated title page and pagination; plates numbered continuously

A considerable number of plates are printed in two tints; plates 213 and 240 are printed in three. The plates are accompanied by unnumbered leaves of letterpress description, and blank tissue guard-sheets

References:

Abbey Travel 385, 388; Tooley 401.

List of Images

1. Book Display

2. Front Cover

3. Title Page - Volume 1 (Vignette: Entrance to the Holy Sepulchre)

4. Portrait of David Roberts

5. The Armorial Engsigns of Jerusalem

6. The Damascus Gate

7. The Greek Chapel of the Holy Sepulchre

8. Tomb of St. James

9. Jerusalem from the Road leading to Bethany

10. Entrance to the Tomb of the Kings

11. The Mosque of Omar, on the Ancient Site of the Temple

12. The Tomb of Zechariah, Valley of Jehoshaphat

13. Jerusalem from the South

14. Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Exterior View

15. The Pool of Bethesda

16. The Tower of David

17. The Shrine of the Holy Sepulchre

18. Golden Age of the Temple, showing the Ancient Walls

19. Jerusalem - The Church of the Purification

20. Upper Fountain of Siloam - Valley of Jehoshaphat

21. Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives

22. Stone of Unction - Church of the Holy Sepulchre

23. Chapel of St. Helena - Crypt of the Holy Sepulchre

24. Fountain of Job - Valley of Hinnom

25. Jerusalem from the North

26. Lower Pool of Siloam - Valley of Jehoshaphat

27. The Entrance to the Citadel of Jerusalem

28. Absalom's Pillar - Valley of Jehoshaphat

29. Cavalry - Holy Sepulchre

30. Mount Tabor, from the Plain of Esdraelon

31. Nazareth, General View

32. Fountain of the Virgin, Nazareth

33. Convent of the Terra Santa, Nazareth

34. Church of the Annunciation, Nazareth [I]

35. Church of the Annunciation, Nazareth [II]

36. Fountain of Cana

37. Cana, General View

38. Town of Tiberias, looking towards Lebanon

39. The Sea of Tiberias, looking towards Bashan

40. Tiberias, from the Walls; Safed in the Distance

41. Tiberias, looking towards Hermon

42. The Tomb of Joseph at Shechem

43. Jacob's Well at Shechem

44. Entrance to Nablous

45. Nablous, Ancient Shechem

46. Ruins of the Church of St. John, Sebaste

47. Sebaste, Ancient Samaria

48. Title Page - Volume 2 (Vignette: Baalbec, from the Fountain)

49. Encampment of the Pilgrims at Jericho

50. Descent Upon the Valley of the Jordan

51. The Immersion of the Pilgrims in the Jordan

52. Jericho

53. The Dead Sea, Looking Towards Moab

54. Convent of St. Saba

55. Chapel of St. Saba

56. Wilderness of Engedi, near the Convent of St. Saba

57. Beil Jebrin, or Eleutheropolis

58. Hebron

59. Ruins of Semua

60. Askelon

61. Ashdod

62. Gaza

63. Christian Church of St. George at Lud, Ancient Lydda

64. Jaffa, Looking South

65. Jaffa, Looking North

66. Caiphas, looking towards Mount Carmel

67. Ramla, Ancient Arimathea

68. St. Jean d'Acre, from the Land

69. St. Jean d'Acre, from the Sea

70. Cape Blanco

71. Port of Tyre

72. General View of Tyre

73. Ruins of the Ionic Temple of Om El Hamed, near Tyre

74. Tyre, from the Isthmus

75. Sarepta

76. Sidon, General View

77. Sidon, from the North

78. Sidon, looking towards Lebanon

79. Citadel of Sidon

80. Baalbec, General View

81. Jenin, Ancient Jezreel

82. Baalbec, Western Portico

83. Lesser Temple of Baalbec, looking towards Lebanon

84. Doorway, Baalbec

85. The Circular Temple, Baalbec

86. Portion of the Eastern Portico, Baalbec

87. Shrine of the Nativity, Bethlehem

88. Bethlehem

89. Bethany

90. Chancel of the Church of St. Helena, Bethlehem

91. Back Cover

Publication Information

Publisher: New York : D. Appleton & Co., 346 & 348 Broadway

Language(s):

English

Pages: 324

ISBN-10: N/A

Date Added: 2019-05-14

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