London: F.G. Moon. Louis Haghe. unbound. View. Tinted lithograph. Image including text measures 15" x 19 7/8", sheet measures 16.75" x 23.75" very good.
Dramatic view overlooking the Greek Orthodox Convent or Monastery of St. Saba near Bethlehem, from David Roberts' "Views in the Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt and Nubia". Born in Scotland, Roberts (1796-1864) gained renown as a landscape artist from documenting his extensive travels through Spain and the Near and Middle East. His most well known work, "Views in the Holy Land...Egypt and Nubia" illustrates Roberts' trip in 1838-39. The subsequent publication was issued in 41 parts between 1842 and 1849. This magnificent set was a collaborative project between Roberts and the skilled printer Louis Haghe (1806-1885) and is recognized as one of the most important lithographic works of the 19th century. Minor aging along edges, light scattered foxing in right and bottom margins, image unaffected. Two tiny pinholes beneath image.