Convent of St. Catherine, Mt. Sinai [An Original Hand-Coloured Lithograph From] THE HOLY LAND, SYRIA, IDUMEA, ARABIA, EGYPT AND NUBIA

Roberts David; [Egypt]

Published by London F.G. Moon and Co. 1845, 1845
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From the Standard Folio First Edition, limited to 500 sets only. A single original hand-coloured lithographic plate drawn on stone by Louis Haghe after David Roberts' paintings done on location in 1839. Printed on a half folio sheet 15.5" x 13", the captioned image, is 14" x 10", now presented in cream mounting boards 21" x 17" glazed behind clear mylar. Beautifully hand-coloured to the highest standards of the time. An example in excellent condition, clean, fresh, beautifully preserved. FROM One of the most desirable of all travel and COLOURplate books. This is a beautiful plate of a highly significant site, "Santa Katarina", Sacred Monastery of the God-Trodden Mount Sinai. Built between 548 and 565, the monastery is one of the oldest working Christian monasteries in the world. The site contains the world's oldest continually operating library, possessing many unique books including the Syriac Sinaiticus. The ancient convent fills the center of the image, with groups of people mingling outside the walls, in the background rises Mt. Sinai, where Moses received the Ten Commandments from God. An excellent plate with exceptional detail and depth of colour. We have a good number of impressive images from the Standard Folio Edition of this classic work available for purchase. As well as many other views of Petra and Sinai there are also available views of Egypt,Tyre, Nubia, the Jordan, Sidon and Baalbec. Please inquire for further details. Roberts set sail for Egypt on 31 August 1838, a few years after Owen Jones. His intent was to produce drawings that he could later use as the basis for the paintings and lithographs to sell to the public. Egypt was much in vogue at this time, and travellers, collectors and lovers of antiquities were keen to buy works inspired by the East or depicting the great monuments of ancient Egypt. Roberts made a long tour in Egypt, Nubia, the Sinai, the Holy Land, Jordan and Lebanon. Throughout, he produced a vast collection of drawings and watercolour sketches. On his return to Britain, Roberts worked with lithographer Louis Haghe from 1842 to 1849 to produce these lavishly illustrated plates. He funded the work through advance subscriptions which he solicited directly. The scenery and monuments of Egypt and Holy Land were fashionable but had hitherto been hardly touched by British artists, and so Roberts quickly accumulated 400 subscription commitments, with Queen Victoria being subscriber No. 1. Bookseller Inventory # 26626

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Title: Convent of St. Catherine, Mt. Sinai [An ...

Publisher: London F.G. Moon and Co. 1845

Publication Date: 1845

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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