[Volumes 3 & 4] The Holy Land : Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt & Nubia


Date: 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.

1. Book Display
10. The Arch Across the Ravine, Petra
11. Petra, Showing the Upper or Eastern End of the Valley
12. Tomb of Aarob, Summit of Mount Hor
13. The Theatre, Petra
14. Mount Hor, from the Cliffs Encircling Petra
15. Remains of a Triumphal Arch at Petra
16. Conference of Arabs
17. The Acropolis (Kusr Faron), Lower End of the Valley
18. Excavations at the Eastern End of the Valley Petra
19. The Ravine, Petra
2. Front Cover
20. The Necropolis, Petra
21. Site of Petra, South
22. Fortress of Akaba, Arabia Petraea
23. Island of Graia, Gulf of Akaba
24. Convent of St. Catherine, Mount Sinai
25. Encampment of the Oulad-Said, Mount Sinai
26. Rock of Moses, Wady-El-Leja, Mount Horeb
27. Chapel of the Convent of St. Catherine
28. The Christian and Mahometan Chapels on Mount Sinai
29. Ascent of the Lower Range of Mount Sinai
3. Title Page - Volume 3 (Vignette: Temple of El Khasne, Petra)
30. Ascent to the Summit of Sinai
31. The Convent of St. Catherine, Mount Sinai
32. Chapel of Elijah, Mount Sinai
33. Convent of St. Catherine, with Mount Horeb
34. An Ancient Egyptian Temple on Gebel Garabe
35. Convent of St. Catherine, Mount Sinai, Principal Court
36. Ayun Musa - The Wells of Moses - Wilderness of Tyh
37. Approach to Mount Sinai
38. Scene on the Quay of Suez
39. Suez, General View
4. Arabs of the Desert
40. Map to Illustrate Mr. Robert's Route
41. Title Page - Volume 4 (Vignette: Scene in a Street in Cairo)
42. View Under the Grand Portico of the Temple, Philae, in Nubia
43. Entrance to the Great Temple of Aboo-Simbel, Nubia
44. Pyramids of Geezeh, from the Nile
45. View Looking Towards the Pyramids of Dashour and Saccara, with a Slave Boat on the Nile
46. Pompey's Pillar, Alexandria
47. Ruins of the Temple of Kom-Ombo, Upper Egypt
48. Temple of Tafa, in Nubia
49. Colossal Figures in Front of the Great Temple of Aboo-Simbel
5. El Deir, Petra
50. Excavated Temple of Gyrshe, Nubia
51. Portico of the Temple of Edfou, Upper Egypt
52. Statues of Memnon in the Plain of Goorna, at Thebes
53. Thebes, the Colossal Statues of Amunoph III
54. Sanctuary of the Great Temple of Aboo-Simbel, Nubia
55. Interior of the Great Temple of Aboo-Simbel, Nubia
56. Ruins of Luxor, from the South-West
57. General View of the Ruins of Luxor, from the Nile
58. Side View of the Great Sphinx
59. Head of the Great Sphinx, Pyramids of Geezeh
6. Encampment of the Alloeen in Wady Araba
60. Temple of Dakke, in Nubia
61. Central Avenue of the Great Hall of Columns, Karnak
62. Cleopatra's Needle
63. Obelisk at Luxor
64. Ruins of Maharraka, Nubia
65. Interior of the Temple of Esne, in Upper Egypt
66. Temple of Wady Kardassy, Nubia
67. General View of the Island of Philae, Nubia
68. Portico of the Temple of Kalabshe, Nubia
69. View at Luxor, Thebes
7. El Khasne
70. Libyan Chain of Mountains from the Temple of Luxor
71. Approach to the Temple of Wady Saboua, Nubia
72. View from Under the Portico of the Temple of Edfou, Upper Egypt
73. A Colossal Statue at the Entrance to the Temple of Luxor
74. Temple of Edfou, Ancient Apollinopolis, Upper Egypt
75. Gateway at Dendera
76. Portico of the Temple of Dendera
77. Siout
78. General View of the Ruins of Karnak, from the West
79. Nubian Women at Korti
8. Ancient Watch-Tower, Approach to Petra
80. Grand Portico at the Temple of Philae, Nubia
81. Entrance to the Caves at Beni-Hassan
82. Grand Approach to the Temple of Phila, Nubia
83. Temple of Wady Saboua, Nubia
84. Back Cover
9. Lower Portion of El Khasne, Petra

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



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Date Added: 2019-05-14

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