ROBERTS, DAVID. 1796-1864.
The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt, & Nubia. London: Day & Son, 1855-56.
6 volumes in 3. 4to (289 x 189 mm). 248 tinted lithographed plates (a few with hand-coloring) including titles and portrait, 2 untinted maps by Louis Haghe after Roberts. Publisher's full tan morocco, covers blocked with wide gilt borders and centered with gilt armorial ensigns of Jerusalem, raised bands, spines elaborately gilt, dentelles, a.e.g. Morocco slipcases. A few minor scuffs to covers (one neatly repaired to lower cover vols 1 & 2), touch of rubbing to extremities, overall fine.
Provenance: Herbert J. Bodington, Queen's College, Oxford (booklabels).
FIRST QUARTO EDITION, IN DELUXE PUBLISHER'S BINDING. A bright, attractive copy. "The most ambitious and impressive of English books illustrated with lithographs" (Ray), the work was originally published in monthly parts as The Holy Land (1842-5) and Egypt and Nubia (1846-9). Abbey Travel 388; Ray 88; Tooley 401, 402.