Picturesque Palestine: Sinai and Egypt. 4 Vols. (Complete): Wilson, Charles W. (ed.); Harry Fenn ... Picturesque Palestine: Sinai and Egypt. 4 Vols. (Complete): Wilson, Charles W. (ed.); Harry Fenn ... Picturesque Palestine: Sinai and Egypt. 4 Vols. (Complete): Wilson, Charles W. (ed.); Harry Fenn ... Picturesque Palestine: Sinai and Egypt. 4 Vols. (Complete): Wilson, Charles W. (ed.); Harry Fenn ...

Picturesque Palestine: Sinai and Egypt. 4 Vols. (Complete)

Wilson, Charles W. (ed.); Harry Fenn and J. D. Woodward (Illustr.)

Published by J. S. Virtue & Co, London, 1880
Condition: Good Hardcover
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Folio. x, vi, 240, vi, 240, vi, 240, vi, 236pp. Three quarter crushed morocco over buckram boards, with gilt lettering and tooling on spines. Raised bands. All edges gilt. Marbled endpapers. Four steel-engraved frontispieces and large steel-engraved title vignettes on half-titles. Title-pages in red and black lettering. Authoritative and descriptive account of the geography, history and archaeology of the Levant, along with socio-anthropological observations of Jewish, Christian and Muslim life. Narrative text by eleven renowned British researchers, explorers and scholars (including Colonel Charles W. Wilson, Canon Tristram, Charles Warren, M. Rogers, and Major Claude Reignier Conder, R.E.), organized into 30 geographical sections covering Palestine, Egypt and Arabia. Extravagantly illustrated with 40 superb steel-plate engravings (incl. frontispieces & title-pages) after drawings by the masterful Harry Fenn and J. D. Woodward, over 600 wood engravings and two double-page color maps. Each steel-engraving is protected with a tissue-guard and printed on heavy paper. The many additional artists who gave their skillful hands to this work include: Henry Andrew Harper, C. Bertrand and Edward Brandard. Index. Bindings with covers detached but present, abrasions to leather along edges and spines, and some fraying at foredge. Ex Libris' on inside front cover. Medium to heavy foxing to frontispiece tissue guards half titles and title pages, else light and sporadic throughout, few images affected. Slight age-toning along paper margin. Bindings in overall poor, interior in good- to very good condition. Undertaken in 1864-65, this work includes the first official modern survey of Jerusalem - a survey inspired by philanthropist (and England's richest heiress) Angela Burdett-Coutts of the banking family, who wished to provide Jerusalem with a modern water system. During the survey, Colonel Wilson and his team were given permission to draw images of Muslim holy sites, such as the Dome of the Rock (Vol. I, pp. 49-66), from which Christians had been previously banned (see Blackmer 1817). Bookseller Inventory # 41195

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Title: Picturesque Palestine: Sinai and Egypt. 4 ...

Publisher: J. S. Virtue & Co, London

Publication Date: 1880

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Edition: First edition.

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