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The Holy Land

Division 1 - Jerusalem and Galilee

By David Roberts

London - Cassell

12.52 by 9.75", viii, 42pp plus plates

 
 
 


 
 
 
 
 

DETAILS

A copy of the scarce Holy Land by David Roberts - Division I

Scarce

Bound in blue cloth with bevelled edges, gilt, and blind embossed detail

Undated, c.1880

Collated Complete

David Roberts RA (1796   1864) was a Scottish painter. He is especially known for a prolific series of detailed prints of Egypt and the Near East produced during the 1840s from sketches made during long tours of the region (1838-1840). This work, and his large oil paintings of similar subjects, made him a prominent Orientalist painter. He was elected as a Royal Academician in 1841.

It was J.M.W. Turner, who managed to persuade Roberts to abandon scene painting and devote himself to becoming a true artist. Set sail for Egypt on 31 August 1838 with the intention of producing drawings that he could later use as the basis for the paintings and lithographs to sell to the public. Egypt was very much in vogue at this time, and travellers, collectors and lovers of antiquities were very keen to buy works depicting the great monuments of ancient Egypt or inspired by the East.

Roberts arrived in Egypt in 1838, a few years after Owen Jones. He made a long tour in Egypt, Nubia, the Sinai, the Holy Land, Jordan and Lebanon. Throughout, he produced a vast collection of drawings and watercolour sketches. He was received by Muhammad Ali Pasha in Alexandria on 16 May 1839, shortly before his return to Britain. He later reproduced this scene (apparently from memory) in Volume 3 of Egypt & Nubia.

This book is illustrated with the drawings of David Roberts and has historical descriptions by the Rev. George Croly.

Division I covers Jerusalem and Galilee

CONDITION

The binding is firm. There is some wear to the extremities including some bumping, rubbing and discolouration. The front inner hinge is slightly strained. Internally the plates are all remarkably clean and fresh and bright. The other pages are bright and generally clean with some very mild offsetting and a few spots to the first and last few pages. The plates are not spotted and are clean. Overall the condition of the book is very good because of the great condition of the plates.

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