first edition, in the original 18/20 parts, folio (625 x 445mm.), plain lithographed portrait of David Roberts, 2 lithographed pictorial titles and 120 plates, the titles and plates all coloured by hand and mounted, original roan-backed cloth gilt, contents loose in the bindings, title to vol.1 slightly spotted, plates 79 (Baalbec) and 81 (Baalbec May 7th) have been minimally cut down (width by 1 cm. and height by 2 cm.) and have very light spotting (one larger and darker spot, c.2.5cm., on plate 79), plate 110 (Encampment of Aulad Said) with slight discoloration to sky, plate 112 (Chapel of the convent of St. Catherine) has a few spots at the lower edge, plates 27, 60 and 65 have single spots (c.1/2 cm.), otherwise a completely clean copy, spines worn or broken, a few covers slightly marked
an exceptionally clean copy, and totally devoid of the cockling which often affects the work. the best copy we have seen.
David Roberts enjoyed wide popularity in his day, but his outstanding success was certainly The Holy Land, and it is on this that the modern appreciation of his work is based. The powerful images of Baalbec, Petra and the Holy Land fully demonstrate the artist's skillful draughtsmanship and use dramatic perspective to portray the majesty of what he sees. Roberts's early training as a set designer for the theatre is perhaps nowhere so clearly evident. At the time of publication, such dramatic representations of the East had rarely been encountered in the West. Consequently, Roberts's work captivated the public imagination and set the archetypal standard so often imitated by later artists.
This copy of Roberts's Holy Land is as originally published in 20 parts (in 18 bindings as 11-12 were printed and bound together, as were 16-17). There is no map and no volume 3 title page and they are not called for in this issue. There is no "Description of title-page vignettes of Volumes II and II", presumably again not called for as this issue has no title page to volume 3.
Loosely inserted in this copy are seven advertisements (two of which are duplicates). A list is available.
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