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 $ 150
Estimate $ 300 - $ 500

Ten lithographs depicting various cities in the Land of Israel, by David Roberts, all captioned. Plate-signed. They appear in The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt and Nubia which was published in London, 1855.

Highlights of the lithographs: four lithographs of Jerusalem and environs, views of Ashdod, Ashkelon, Hebron, Tiberias and more.

Roberts [1796-1864] started his career as a (theater) set artist and was not formally trained in art. He rose to prominence following his 11-month journey to the Middle East in 1838-1839, when he sketched almost everything he came across. He returned to London with 272 sketches. He converted the sketches into lithographs. These were distributed to the general public, most of whom encountered authentic views of the Land of Israel and its surroundings for the first time. Roberts' works are considered the first and most important of the early 19th century. They provided the first live depiction of the Holy Land for European residents, who until that point were only acquainted with views of the Land from the Holy Scriptures.

Lithographs: 15x21 cm. Leaf: 21x29 cm. The lithographs themselves are in very fine condition except for stains on the leaves of some of them.

Lithographia & Engravings