Roberts Holy LandPeter Jones
Roberts The Holy Land
A REMARKABLY CLEAN AND INTERNALLY FINE COMPLETE EXAMPLE OF THE 1855 FIRST QUARTO EDITION OF DAVID ROBERTS’ “THE HOLY LAND,” PRINTED AT LONDON IN LARGE QUARTO BY DAY & SON IN 1855 AND 1856, BOUND IN THE PUBLISHER’S ORIGINAL DARK-GREEN HALF-MOROCCO BY LEIGHTON, SON AND HODGE, RICHLY GILT OVER PURPLE PEBBLED CLOTH, WITH THE GILT ARMORIAL OF THE KINGDOM OF JERUSALEM UPON THE UPPER BOARDS, COMPRISING SIX VOLUMES BOUND IN THREE, ADORNED WITH THE FULL SUITE OF 250 COLOUR-TINTED LITHOGRAPH PLATES, VIGNETTES, TITLES AND MAPS (i.e. 241 colour-tinted lithographic plates, 6 tinted lithographic titles and vignettes, 2 lithographic maps, and 1 portrait of Roberts), INCLUDING THE FRONTISPIECE PORTRAIT OF ROBERTS AND THE MAP OF HIS MIDDLE-EASTERN TOUR.
THE PRESENT EDITION WAS ORIGINALLY AVAILABLE FROM THE PUBLISHERS IN VARIOUS FORMS, THE PRESENT SET IN MOROCCO BEING VERY EXPENSIVE AT NINE GUINEAS FOR THE SET.
The Holy Land, / Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt, & Nubia. / After Lithographs by Louis Haghe / from drawings made on the spot by David Roberts, R.A. / with Historical Descriptions by The Revd George Croly, L.L.D. / London, April 16th 1855. / Lithographed Printed and Published by Day & Son, Lithographers to the Queen / Cate Street, Lincoln’s Inn Fields
THE VOLUMES ARE IN FINE CONDITION INTERNALLY, AND IN EXCELLENT CONDITION EXTERNALLY. They are bound in dark green half-morocco over purple pebbled cloth, with the gilt armorial ensign of the Kingdom of Jerusalem stamped on the front boards. The spines are divided by raised bands into 6 compartments, four of which are richly gilt; the remaining two compartments bear the title and the volume numbers. The edges of the leaves are gilt. The bindings show only very slight scuffing at the corners and along the hinges; the binder’s glue has dried somewhat (as frequently occurs in volumes of this period) causing one leaf in the sixth volume to have detached. Internally the leaves are exceptionally clean and bright, with ample margins throughout, with no foxing throughout, with clear, crisp text, and with only the slightest occasional toning of the text leaves. The lithographic prints all retain their original protective tissue covers.
THE VOLUMES ARE COMPLETE IN ALL RESPECTS, WITH ALL 250 MAPS AND ILLUSTRATIONS PRESENT, including the frontispiece portrait of David Roberts in the first volume, a frontispiece of the temple at Abu Simbel and the map of his tour in the second, as well as all six lithographed title pages and print lists at the opening of each volume. Please note that, as called for, there is no pagination for the prints or their descriptions. Each volume measures about 29.7 cm by 22.5 cm by 4.7 cm; each leaf measures about 286 mm by 205 mm.