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ROBERTS, David.

The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt, & Nubia.

Stock Code
103330
London, Day & Son, 1855
£6,500

This is the quarto edition of one of the most important and elaborate ventures of nineteenth century publishing, Roberts' monumental folio edition of the same title, considered to be the most ambitious work ever published in England with lithographed plates.

Funded by subscribers including Queen Victoria the work contains the finest prints of the area that have ever been produced and the most atmospheric. As an artist Robert's genius lay in his considerable sense of architectural effect, and in his understanding of how to subordinate detail without losing richness, talents of which he made superlative use in his original drawings for these plates, which were expertly transferred to stone by Louis Hague, the Royal lithographer.


This edition includes complete set of all the titles and plates from the famous folio first editions reduced in size, but retaining the same atmosphere as the originals.

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Description

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 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.

Bibliography

Abbey Travel 388.

Stock ID:103330

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