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Prints of the Holy Land, Egypt and Nubia by David Roberts

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Prints by David Roberts from Views in the Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt and Nubia. London: E. G. Moon, 1842-1849. Folio. Tinted lithographs by H. Hague. Finished by hand. Very good condition, except as noted. Those prints indicated with "Deluxe" are from the deluxe edition, for which the prints were trimmed to the image, which was mounted to a backing board without text. These prints have heavier, more vivid hand color and originally sold for a premium.

David Roberts (1796-1864) was born near Edinburgh, Scotland. As a child his artistic talent was encouraged by his family, through an apprenticeship to a house painter. He later became a scenery painter to a traveling circus; all the while, improving as an illustrator. During his extensive travels abroad he sketched local scenery and costume. His drawings of Spain were published as colorful lithographs in the series Picturesque Sketches in Spain during the years 1822 and 1823. His greatest work however, issued in six volumes and containing nearly 250 chromolithographs is of views of the Middle East. In the autumn of 1838 Roberts hired a boat on the Nile, traveling fast upstream as far as possible, then returning at a leisurely pace, making detailed additions to preliminary sketches. He was most captivated by the temples at Edfu and Philae, drawing them from many different perspectives. His works have been praised and admired for their accuracy in depicting the architecture, costume, culture and landscapes of the Middle East. (Indicated in order by Roberts' plate numbers.)


HOLY LAND



EGYPT AND NUBIA

Early proof lithotints These prints are rare full size proofs of the illustrations included in Roberts' folio volume, but the text was never added to the pages after the images were completed. Titles are all within the images. These very rare proofs are in very good to excellent condition, some with additional hand coloring, noted as such.


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