Auction No. 114

Golden coins, Seforim, Chabad, Eretz Yisrael and Zionism, Letters from Rabbis and Rebbes, Holocaust and refugees.

Wednesday, 5 June 2019 at 5pm Without Audience
Opening $ 200
Estimate $ 450 - $ 550

11 lithographs presenting sites and views in the Holy Land and the surrounding region by David Roberts, including captions. Plate-signed. They appeared in The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt and Nubia, which was published in London in 1855.

Including: The city of Acre from the land (with a French army camp outside the city), antiquities of Nablus, Jericho, Ein Gedi and the Dead Sea, Ramlah, Lod and more.

David Roberts [1796-1864] began his career as a backdrop artist, and did not study art formally. He rose to prominence following a journey he took to the Middle East for 11 months during 1838-9 when he drew almost all he came across, returning to London with 272 sketches in his bag. He transferred the sketches to lithographs which were distributed to the general public, most of whom were exposed authentic views from the Land of Israel and environs for the first time. Roberts' works were considered the first and most important of the early 19 the century. They provided the first live depiction of life in the Land of Israel for European residents, who until that time were only acquainted with views of the Holy Land from the Bible.

Lithographs: 15x21 cm. Leaf: 21x29 cm.

The lithographs themselves are in very fine condition except for stains in the margins of the leaf in some of them.

Lithographia & Engravings