London: Seeley, Jackson, Halliday, 54, Fleet Street, 1873. Octavo; bound in an elaborate full leather publisher's binding, the front panel with Egyptian motifs stamped in gilt and blind, the title embossed with raised lettering over reverse-gilt blocking, elaborate decorative borders; spine panel with four raised bands and small gilt decorations in the compartments, coated yellow endpapers, all edges gilt. 86 pp +  pp ads, 14 full-page autotype views of Middle Eastern scenes accompanied by descriptive text. Ink inscription on first blank leaf, "Harry S. Hore from E.M.H. Sept 28, 1879" plus another, later signature dated 1931. Light foxing to preliminary and terminal leaves, minor rubbing / light wear to binding extremities; a very good copy of a very attractive book. This appears to be a deluxe publisher's binding. Rare. Item #312677
¶ David Roberts RA RBA (1796-1864) was a Scottish painter. He is especially known for his work 'The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt, and Nubia', a prolific series of detailed lithograph prints of Egypt and the Near East that he produced from sketches made during long tours of the region (1838–1840). These and his large oil paintings of similar subjects made him one of the most famous and important Orientalist painters of the 19th Century.
The finely printed autotype (carbon process) plates depict:
- The Hypaethral Temple at Philae (frontispiece);
- The Pyramids and Sphinx
- Luxor, From the Nile
- Entrance to the Temple of Luxor
- Hall of Columns, Karnac
- Colossal Statues at Thebes
- Obelisk of On
- Overflow of the Nile
- The Wells of Moses
- Wady Barah
- Wady Feiran
- SinaiGulf of Akaba, Ezion Geber
- The Jordan.