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ABOUT THIS BOOK -- In 1839, Scottish Painter David Roberts embarked on an extensive tour of Egypt, Nubia, the Sinai, the Holy Land, Jordan and Lebanon. Two years of on-the-spot sketches and water colours were reworked and released as enormously popular lithographs, even favoured by Roberts' most important subscriber, Queen Victoria. Roberts' work speaks to those who are interested in Orientalist painting, to those who wonder what these historic sites looked like before industrialization and tourism, or simply to those who love the Holy Land and Egypt. ABOUT THIS EDITON -- White Star's 3 volume, slipcased set is visually impressive and editorially superb. About 600 pages consisting largely of full page (or larger) colour illustrations. The original Croly historical descriptions are used to great advantage here. One volume is The Holy Land, one volume is Egypt and Nubia, and a third small volume is about Roberts' life and work. BOOK DETAILS -- cloth over boards, sewn bindings; color insets in gold rules on each cover; illustrated cloth-bound slipcase. About 14 pounds.
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DAVID ROBERTS (17961864) was one of the most acclaimed landscape painters of his time. He made an extended trip to Egypt and the Holy Land in 183839, during which he made the series of drawings that brought him lasting fame
This magnificent, large-format album reproduces in jewel-like color the 123 lithographs resulting from an 1839 journey of Scottish landscape artist David Roberts (1796-1864) through Egypt, Palestine and Syria. Picturesque yet precisely detailed, these often breathtaking lithographs were made from Roberts's travel sketches by Belgian artist Louis Haghe between 1842 and 1849. The lithographs conjure the Holy Land as both a crossroads of civilization and a place where time stands still. Roberts recorded settings connected to the Bible, including Bethlehem, the Sea of Galilee, Jerusalem and Mount Sinai. He also captured realistic views of monasteries, Bedouin sheiks and places like the ancient Lebanese port of Tyre and the spectacular Syrian city of Baalbec, with its Roman ruins. With each plate comes commentary by Italian journalist Bourbon, a brief excerpt from Roberts's travel journals and a contemporary photograph of the site taken by photojournalist Attini, revealing astonishing continuities over a century and a half.
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Book Description White Star, 2000. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M8880953370
Book Description White Star, U.K., 2000. Cloth Hardcovers. Condition: New. NO FINER COPY EXISTS. // NEW BOOKS in GIFT-quality MINT condition. Two large volumes and a thinner biographical volume covering the life, works and travels of Roberts, born in Scotland in 1796 who, self-taught, ultimately became one of the greatest landscape artists of the 19th century. This set is a facsimile reprint of the 1846 edition. // An elegant offering which will glorify your library. Seller Inventory # 007540