[Volumes 5 & 6] 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. 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
2. Front Cover
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
3. Title Page - Volume 5 (Vignette: Great Gateway Leading to the Temple of Karnak, Thebes)
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
4. Front Elevation of the Great Temple of Aboo-Simbel
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
5. Group of Nubians at Wady Kardassy
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
6. Fragment of the Great Colossus at the Menonium, Thebes
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
7. Fortress of Ibrim, Nubia
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
8. Approach to the Fortress of Ibrim
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
9. Colossi at Wady Saboua

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



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Date Added: 2019-05-14

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