# 35505

WILSON, Charles William (1836-1905)

Picturesque Palestine, Sinai and Egypt.

$1,800.00 AUD

Edited by Colonel Wilson, R.E., C.B., F.R.S. formerly Engineer to the Palestine Exploration Society. Assisted by the most eminent Palestine explorers etc. With numerous engravings on steel and wood. In four volumes. London : Virtue & Co., [1880-83]. Four volumes bound in two, folio (330 x 270 mm), contemporary quarter crushed morocco, ruled in gilt, spines with raised bands lettered and decorated in gilt; a little flecking and minor scuffing, all edges gilt, original marbled endpapers, engraved frontispieces, engraved title pages with vignette illustrations, with 43 steel-engraved plates and 2 double-page maps, plus hundreds of wood-engraved illustrations in the text; tissue guards, ribbon markers, includes indexes to each volume; a superb set.

The lavishly illustrated Picturesque Palestine, Sinai, and Egypt is one of the most celebrated nineteenth-century travel books on the Holy Land and its immediate neighbours to the south and west. It describes and depicts the landscapes, antiquities, peoples and customs of these regions. It was first published in 1880-83 by D. Appleton & Co., New York, in a two-volume format which continued the firm’s phenomenally successful Picturesque America and Picturesque Europe series. Its editor was Colonel Charles William Wilson, of the Royal Engineers, who in the 1860s had led two important surveying expeditions: the Ordnance Survey of Palestine and the Palestine Exploration Fund Survey of Palestine. Published parallel to the Appleton series was the London edition of J. S. Virtue & Co., printed in four volumes (here bound in two).