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Roberts David
HOLY LAND, SYRIA, IDUMEA, ARABIA, EGYPT, & NUBIA. After Lithographs by Louis Haghe From Drawings Made on the Spot by David Roberts, R.A. With Historical Descriptions by The Rev. George Croly
London Day and Son 1855. 3 volumes. First edition in this format. Illustrated with 250 tinted lithographed plates including a portrait of Roberts, several maps, and title-page vignettes, all six lithographed title-pages and lists of illustrations. 4to, bound in three-quarter red morocco, gilt extra, the spines with raised bands, the compartments beautifully decorated with elaborate gilt tooling and designs. Internally, a very well preserved and clean set, the plates all in quite excellent condition, the text-blocks clean and bright as well, bindings show a bit of age but remain quite handsome, Vol.II with evidence of an old water stain to a portion of the cloth only on the upper cover, a bit of offsetting to the endleaves. Still a well preserved and pleasing set. FIRST QUARTO EDITION OF THIS REVERED WORK. In the course of two and a half months in 1838, travelling some 800 miles south from Cairo, Roberts recorded the monumental temple sites along the Nile in more than a hundred sketches. As he says in his preface, "I may not have done them justice, but few artists of my standing could afford more time, and I daresay few could have produced more in the same number of days." As the first British artist to sketch the monuments of Ancient Egypt, set on "Plains so vast.that, until you come near them, you have no idea of their magnificence," Roberts was well aware of the stir his drawings would create in London. According to John Ruskin, writing in PRAETERITA, Roberts's drawings "were the first studies ever made conscientiously by an English painter, not to exhibit his own skill, … [Click Below for Full Description]
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