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[Volumes 5 & 6] The Holy Land : Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt & Nubia


Date: 1855



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Haghe, Louis, Roberts, David, The Holy Land : Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt & Nubia Vols. 5 & 6. New York : D. Appleton & Co., 346 & 348 Broadway. 1855.


Haghe, Louis, Roberts, David, (1855) The Holy Land : Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt & Nubia Vols. 5 & 6. New York : D. Appleton & Co., 346 & 348 Broadway.


Haghe, Louis, Roberts, David, The Holy Land : Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt & Nubia Vols. 5 & 6. New York : D. Appleton & Co., 346 & 348 Broadway. 1855.


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


Abbey Travel 385, 388; Tooley 401.

List of Images

1. Book Display

2. Front Cover

3. Title Page - Volume 5 (Vignette: Great Gateway Leading to the Temple of Karnak, Thebes)

4. Front Elevation of the Great Temple of Aboo-Simbel

5. Group of Nubians at Wady Kardassy

6. Fragment of the Great Colossus at the Menonium, Thebes

7. Fortress of Ibrim, Nubia

8. Approach to the Fortress of Ibrim

9. Colossi at Wady Saboua

10. Ruins of the Menonium, Thebes

11. Persian Water-Wheel Used for Immigration in Nubia

12. A Group at the Entrance of the Temple of Amun at Goorna, Thebes

13. The Island of Philae by Sunset

14. Hadjar Silsilis or the Rock of the Chain

15. Part of the Hall of Columns at Karnak, Seen from Throughout

16. View Looking Across the Hall of Columns at Karnak

17. Part of the Ruins of a Temple on the Island of Bigge, Nubia

18. Dromos, or First Court of the Temple of Karnak

19. Ruins of the Temple of Madamoud, near Thebes

20. Ruins of a Christian Church in the Grand Court of the Temple of Medinet Abou

21. Temple of Amada, at Hassaia, Nubia

22. Medinet Abou, Thebes

23. Temple of Dandour, Nubia

24. The Hypaethral Temple at Philae

25. Temple of Isis on the Roof of the Great Temple of Dendera

26. Pyramids of Geezeh

27. Lateral View of the Temple called the Typonaeum, at Dendera

28. View from Under the Portico of the Great Temple of Dendera

29. Temple of Wady Kardassy, Nubia

30. Asouan and the Island of Elephantine

31. Obelisk of On

32. Oblique View of the Hall of Columns, Karnak

33. Temple of Wady Dabod, Nubia

34. General View of Karnak, looking towards Baban-El-Molook

35. View from Under the Portico of Dayr-El-Medeeneh

36. Entrance to the Tombs of the Kings, Baban-El-Molook

37. The Temples of Aboo-Simbel, from the Nile

38. The Colossal Statues in the Plain of Thebes, seen during the Inundation of the Nile

39. Scene on the Nile near Wady Dabod, with Crocodiles

40. Grand Entrance to the Temple of Luxor

41. General View of the Kalabshe, formerly Talmis, Nubia

42. Facade of the Pronaos of the Temple of Edfou

43. Ruins of Erment, Ancient Hermontis, Upper Egypt

44. Kom-Ombo

45. Island of Philae, looking down the Nile

46. Map of the Valley of the Nile

47. Title Page - Volume 6 (Vignette: Scene in a Street in Cairo)

48. Interview with Mehmet Ali in His Palace at Alexandria

49. Bab-El-Nasr, or Gate of Victory, and Mosque of El Hakim, Cairo

50. Approach to Alexandria

51. The Gate of the Metwalis, or Bab Zuweyleh

52. The Minarets of the Bab Zuweyleh, and Entrance to the Mosque of the Metalis, Cairo

53. Ruined Mosques in the Desert West of the Citadel

54. Interior of the Mosque of the Sultan Hassan

55. One of the Tombs of the Caliphs, Cairo

56. The Silk-Mercers' Bazaar of El Gooreyeh, Cairo

57. Tombs of the Caliphs, Cairo. The Citadel in the Distance

58. Mosque of the Sultan Kaitbey, Cairo

59. Minaret of the Mosque El Rhamree

60. General View of Cairo from the West

61. The Holy Tree of Metereah

62. The Entrance to the Citadel of Cairo

63. Mosque of Ayed Bey in the Desert of Suez

64. Bazaar of the Coppersmiths, Cairo

65. Minaret of the Principal Mosque in Siout, Upper Egypt

66. Interior of the Mosque of the Metwalis

67. Tombs of the Memlooks, Cairo, with an Arab Funeral

68. Grand Entrance to the Mosque El Mooristan, Cairo

69. The Aqueduct of the Nile, from the Island of Rhoda, Cairo

70. Bazaar in the Street leading to the Mosque El Mooristan, Cairo

71. Principal Mosque at Boulak

72. Cairo, from the Gate of Citizenib, looking towards the Desert of Suez

73. A Group in the Slave-Market of Cairo

74. The Simoom in the Desert

75. The Nilometer on the Isle of Rhoda, Cairo

76. View on the Nile. Isle of Rhoda and the Ferry of Geezeh

77. The Letter-Writer, Cairo

78. Entrance to a Private Mansion, Cairo

79. Tombs of the Memlooks, Cairo

80. Citadel of Cairo, the Residence of the Pasha

81. The Coffee-Shop of Cairo

82. Interior of the Mosque of the Sultan El Ghoree

83. The Ghawazee, or Dancing Girls, Cairo

84. Mosque of the Sultan Haassan, from the Great Square of the Rumeyleh

85. Back Cover

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



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Date Added: 2019-05-14

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