HARPER, Henry Andrew (1835-1900)
Walks in Palestine
London : The Religious Tract Society, 1888. First edition. Large quarto (320 x 260 mm), publisher’s oatmeal cloth over bevelled boards, upper board and spine with gilt-stamped lettering and pictorial device (light staining to boards and spine), all edges gilt, title page in red and black, 128 pp, with  photogravure plates, all with tissue guards; light foxing to preliminaries and occasional spotting to margins of text leaves, but all plates in superb condition; a very good copy.
This handsome book was conceived and written by the British painter and traveller Henry Andrew Harper (1835-1900), a member of the Palestine Exploration Fund who published several works about journeys in Palestine. The beautiful photogravure plates which accompany each of the twenty-four chapters are after photographs by Cecil Victor Shadbolt (1859-1892), a British photographer who was a pioneer of aerial photography (he would die tragically young in a ballooning accident). In each chapter Harper gives his evocative impressions of different sites around Palestine, including the Garden of Gethsemane, the Western Wall, Rachel’s Tomb, the Via Dolorosa, the Jaffa Gate, the Mount of Olives, Bethlehem, Solomon’s Pools, the Fountain of Elisha at Jericho, the House of Simon the Leper in Bethany, and the River Jordan.