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David Roberts

David Roberts, RA (1796–1864), enjoyed a wide popularity in his day for his European views, but it is on the outstanding success of his drawings of the Holy Land and Egypt that the modern appreciation of his work is based. In August 1838 he arrived in Alexandria to start a carefully planned enterprise. It is claimed that he was the first European to have unlimited access to the mosques in Cairo, under the proviso that he did not commit desecration by using brushes made from hog’s bristle. Leaving Cairo, he sailed up the Nile to record the monuments, travelling as far as Wadi Halfa and the Second Cataract.

Roberts' Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt, and Nubia, was one of the most elaborate ventures of nineteenth-century publishing, providing the most comprehensive series of views of the monuments, landscape, and people of the Near East. It is one of the greatest of all the colour plate books published in the nineteenth century – a true landmark.  No publication before his had presented so comprehensive a series of views of the monuments, landscape, and people of the Near East.

 

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  1. 6 volumes bound in 4, large folio, 6 lithographed pictorial titles, 121 tinted lithographed plates, 120 half-page tinted lithographs by Louis Haghe after Roberts, lithographed portrait of the author by C. Baugniet on India paper, 2 engraved maps, contemporary green half morocco gilt, marbled sides, some foxing to plates, a very handsome set.

    £50,000
  2. Original hand-coloured lithograph on fine paper mounted on card as issued from the subscription edition of Roberts' Egypt and Nubia.

    £275
  3. Original hand-coloured lithograph on fine paper mounted on card as issued from the subscription edition of Roberts' Egypt and Nubia.

    £275
  4. Original hand-coloured lithograph on fine paper mounted on card as issued from the subscription edition of Roberts' Egypt and Nubia.

    £1,400
  5. 6 volumes bound in 3; 4to (29.5 x 21 cm); 250 lithographed plates including pictorial titles, tissues, all plates captioned, foxing to titles and some light spotting throughout; text block detached from spine in vol.II, a.e.g.; contemporary publisher's blue cloth, richly gilt borders and arms of the city of Jerusalem to centre of boards, spines gilt in compartments, a little faded and worn, a good set.

    £6,500
 

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