SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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Brussels: Societe des Beaux-Arts, c.1845.
Brussels: Societe des Beaux-Arts, c.1845.

Folio. Recent half green morocco with cloth boards, seven compartments of raised bands, green calf label on second compartment. Engraved title vignette coat of arms and 60 (later) hand coloured lithographic plates (30 full page and 30 half page). Renewed endpapers. P. title blank (3) engraved title blank table of contents (1) blank introduction plates and descriptions (unpaginated). Text in French. In excellent condition, plates are crisp clean and the colours are vibrant. In 1838 Roberts made a long tour to the Eastern regions and accumulated a vast collection of sketches of Middle Eastern scenery, a region barely touched by British artists before Roberts. This marvellous work appealed to the public with all the charm of novelty. The next ten years of his life were mostly engaged in elaborating these materials. In February of 1839 he traveled to the Holy Land via Suez Mount Sinai and Petra arriving in Gaza and then on to Jerusalem. He ended his tour by spending several months visiting the biblical sites of the Holy Land and finally returning to England at the end of 1839. Shortly after the first printing in London by David Roberts and Louis Haghe, a French version of the book was published in Brussels with the plates lithographed by F. Stroobant. Coloured plates on order (in English); Title page (Entrance to the Holy Sepulchre) 1. The Damascus Gate. 2. Interior of the Greek Chapel of The Holy Sepulchre. 3. Tomb of St. James. 4. Jerusalem, from the Mount of Olives. 5. Entrance to theTomb of the Kings. 6. The Mosque of Omar, on the ancient site of the Temple. 7. The Tomb of Zachariah. 8. Jerusalem from the South. 9. The Exterior of the Holy Sepulchre. 10. The Pool of Bethesda. 11. The Tower of David. 12. The Shrine of the Holy Sepulchre. 13. The Golden Gate. 14. The Church of Purification. 15. The Upper Fountain of Siloam. 16. Jerusalem from the Road leading to Bethany. 17. The Stone of Unction. 18. The Chapel of St. Helena. 19. The Fountain of Job. 20. Jerusalem from the North. 21. The Lower Pool of Siloam. 22. The Citadel of Jerusalem. 23. The Pilar of Absalon. 24. Calvary (interior). 25. Tomb of Aaron, on the Summit of Mount Hor. 26. El Deir, Petra. 27. Mount Hor from the Cliffs encircling Petra. 28. El Kasne, Petra. 29. The Shine of the Nativity. 30. Bethlehem. 31. Bethany. 32. Chancel of the Church of St. Helena. 33. Encampment of Pilgrims at Jericho. 34. Descent into the Valley of Jordan. 35. The Immersion of the Pilgrims. 36. Jericho. 37. The Dead Sea. 38. The Convent of St. Saba. 39. The Chapel of St. Saba. 40. Engedi. 41. Beit Jibrin or Eleutheropolis. 42. Hebron. 43. Ruins of Semua. 44. Askalon. 45. Ashdod. 46. Gaza. 47. The Citadel of Sidon. 48. Sidon. 49. The Shrine of the Annunciation. 50. The Church of the Annunciation. 51. Mount Tabor, from the Plain of Esdralon. 52. Nazareth. 53. Fountain of Cana. 54. Cana. 55. Tiberias, from the Walls. 56. The Sea of Tiberias. 57. Entrance to Nablous. 58. View of Nablous. 59. The Tomb of Joseph at Shechem. 60. Jacob's Well at Shechem.