Folio Society Published Works Number 2451
Roberts, Dave - The Holy Land and Egypt and Nubia Limited Edition
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Roberts, Dave - The Holy Land and Egypt and Nubia Limited Edition (Published in by The Folio Society in 2011. Edition of 1,000, hand-numbered on a special limitation page in both volumes. This is number 772. 2 magnificent volumes measuring 20" x 13 ¾". Bound in full canvas cloth printed silkscreen in black and gold. Designs by Neil Gower derived from Roberts's originals. Gilded top edges, ribbon marker. The Holy Land: Syria, Idumea and Arabia: 304 pages, including 123 plates, portrait of Roberts and map. Egypt and Nubia: 272 pages, including 124 plates and map. Printed by Editoriale Bortolazzi, Verona, on heavyweight Gardapat Kiara paper. Presented in hand-made slipcases bound in cloth and lined in coloured paper, with inserts in the bases to support the weight of the books. All 247 Lithographs In The First Ever Large-scale Reproduction. David Roberts was an artist with ambition. Born in relative poverty outside Edinburgh, he spent years developing his skills as an apprentice and a jobbing artisan, graduating to a career painting backdrops for the theatre, first in Edinburgh and then in London's Covent Garden and Drury Lane. By 1837, he had achieved renown for his landscape paintings of the Rhine and Spain. Unlike most artists, who relied on sketches brought back by other travellers, Roberts had visited these countries himself. His adventurous approach and his technical brilliance would serve him well on the journey of a lifetime – an artistic pilgrimage to Egypt and the Holy Land, the first ever undertaken by a British artist. Because of its scale, and the scarcity of complete first editions, Roberts's work has rarely been reproduced in its entirety and never before on this scale. In this Folio Society limited edition, all 247 lithographs have been reproduced from one of the few complete hand-coloured copies, held at the John Rylands Library in Manchester. )