ROBERTS, David (1796-1864)
La Terre Sainte. Vues & monuments recueillis par David Roberts de l’Académie de Londres, avec une description historique sur chaque planche.
Bruxelles : Société des Beaux-Arts, Gérant A. de Wasme (J. Lots, lithographic printer), 1843. Large folio (560 x 390 mm), contemporary gilt-ruled half red crushed morocco over marbled papered boards (upper board virtually unrubbed, lower board with a few minor grazes), spine in compartments with tooled ornament and lettering in gilt, original silk endpapers, front pastedown with a 20th-century ex libris; unpaginated, with 61 tinted lithographs, including the illustrated title leaf + 30 full-page and 30 half-page plates, and with one wood engraving in the text (the Arms of Jerusalem); originally issued in 10 instalments (see Table at end); title leaf with light foxing, text pages and plates clean and fresh throughout, a very fine example in an attractive contemporary binding.
Unique French edition of Scottish painter and traveller David Roberts’ Holy Land … with historical descriptions by the Rev. G. Croly, published in Brussels. The plates, lithographed by François Strooban after Louis Haghe, are comparable in quality to those made by Haghe for the original English edition.
The superb plates depict many locations and monuments in the Biblical world, among them Jerusalem, Bethany, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Jericho, the Dead Sea, Nablus, Gaza, and Sidon. In 1838-39 Roberts had made a lengthy tour of the Middle East, visiting Suez, Mount Sinai and Petra before touring extensively in the Holy Land, where he visited many Biblical sites. He brought back with him a vast collection of sketches of scenery made in situ. These were to prove hugely popular with the British public, and Roberts would go on to devote a large part of his subsequent career to elaborating and publishing his views.
Röhricht 405.4.; Brunet IV, 1331; Gay 25; Thieme XXVIII, 428; cf. Abbey, Travel 385