The Holy Land Egypt and Nubia David Roberts Folio Society 2014


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The Holy Land Egypt and Nubia by David Roberts

David Roberts was the first British painter to make an artistic expedition to Egypt and the Holy Land. The result of his travels was a picturesque vision of the Near East that has been hugely influential ever since. In August 1838 Roberts travelled from London to Marseilles and on to Alexandria, where he began his journey up the Nile. He was awestruck by the landscape and sketched the wondrous sights of a region still little known to most Westerners, whether a group of crocodiles or architectural marvels such as the Temples of Karnak, the Pyramids of Gizeh or the city of Cairo. Roberts next set his sights on Palestine and the route across the Sinai Desert thought to have been taken by the Iraelites when they left Egypt for the Promised Land. Jerusalem in Holy Week was the memorable culmination to an extraordinary voyage, during which he had assenbled, as he put it, ‘one of the richest folios that ever left the East’. On his return from his travels, Roberts was elected a member of the Royal Academy.

First printed by the Folio Society in 2010 as a Limited Edition and reprinted in thei slightly smaller format in 2014.
1. Syria, Idumea and Arabia. 123 plates, portrait and map.
2. Egypt and Nubia. 124 plates and map.


  • Folio Society First Impression
  • Publisher Folio Society, London; 2014
  • Red Cloth Hardback with Gilded Top Edgesand Ribbon Markers
  • Superbly Illustrated by David Roberts
  • Size 380 x 275mm, 6.8kg

Condition: Fine – Superb Unmarked Copy

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Weight 6.8 kg


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