ROBERTS, DAVID. 1796-1864, artist; and GEORGE CROLY. 1780-1860. The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia....  London: F.G. Moon, 1842-43-49.

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ROBERTS, DAVID. 1796-1864, artist; and GEORGE CROLY. 1780-1860.
The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia.... London: F.G. Moon, 1842-43-49.

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ROBERTS, DAVID. 1796-1864, artist; and GEORGE CROLY. 1780-1860.
The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia.... London: F.G. Moon, 1842-43-49.
3 volumes, elephant folio (610 x 455 mm). Hand-colored lithographed titles, engraved mounted portrait (uncolored, as issued), and 59 full page tinted lithograph plates with hand-coloring, 60 tinted lithographed plates with hand-coloring in text all by L. Haghe after Roberts. Mild to moderate foxing and spotting to all volumes, esp vol III, vol I with some separation at title page mount and with "The Greek Church of the Holy Sepulchre" plate loose but present; many tabs throughout reinforced with rice paper. Crimson half morocco and cloth boards, spine gilt. With "H.E.H. duplicate" stamp to rear of all vols. Vols I and III with renewed cloth. Scuffing and wear to all volumes, vol II with 4 inch separation at head of spine.

FIRST EDITION. Generally accepted as the finest illustrated work on the Near East, Major Abbey considered this set to be "one of the most important and elaborate ventures of nineteenth-century publishing, and the apotheosis of the tinted lithograph ... there is pleasure to be had from many of the individual plates, where Haghe's skillful and delicate lithography, and his faithful interpretation of Robert's draughtsmanship and dramatic sense, combine in what are undoubtedly remarkable examples of tinted lithographic work." Roberts' attention to detail and texture, as well as his ability to evoke a sense of the epic or nostalgic must surely be attributed to his early jobs painting trompe l'oeil stonework and paneling and as a scenic painter for the theater. Even Ruskin praised his "absolutely careful and faithful" panoramas. Abbey Travel 385 & 272; Ray English 88; Tooley 401, 402.
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ROBERTS, DAVID. 1796-1864, artist; and GEORGE CROLY. 1780-1860. The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia....  London: F.G. Moon, 1842-43-49.
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