This sale contains books, manuscripts, maps, and historical photographs from around the world, including the two greatest books on Egypt: David Roberts’s Holy Land & Egypt (a rare hand-coloured subscriber’s copy), and a first edition of the monumental Description de l’Egypte. Egypt is also represented in a very scarce book, La Vallée du Nil, illustrated with over 100 original photographs taken in 1860 by Henry Cammas, the protégé of the Orientalist and explorer Koenig Bey, to whom this copy is inscribed. The natural history section includes eight original drawings by the ornithologist Prideaux John Selby, and among the atlases on offer is an immaculate 3-volume edition of Jansson’s Nouveau Theatre du Monde. The sale also includes a large collection of photographs of Palestine, to be sold as a single lot.
David Roberts The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt and Nubia. 1842–1849