London: Lithographed, Printed, and Published by Day & Son, Lithographers to the Queen, 1855-57. First quarto edition of Roberts' monumental work, which was first published as a six volume elephant folio in forty-two fort-nightly parts (1842-9). The six volumes here are a new edition, in smaller format, of the two great three-volume works (The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt, & Nubia and Egypt & Nubia) collectively known as Roberts's Holy Land. An advertisement in the Monthly Literary Advertiser for June 1855 states that "to ensure positive identity between this and the original edition, the whole of the plates have been reduced to the required size by means of photography. Illustrated with 250 plates, including six title vignettes and three maps. Binding extremities worn with a few minor chips, tears, and bumps to all volumes. Preliminary blank of Volume I has a contemporary ink inscription, a later mid-twentieth pencil inscription, and twentieth century ink signature to recto of preliminary blank. Light to moderate foxing throughout to all volumes. The occasional minor tear or crease. Slight toning to margins A few plates lack tissue guards. A very good copy, clean and bright. Original blue cloth ruled and stamped decoratively in gilt with a gilt-lettered and gilt-decorated spine. All edges gilt. Six volumes in three; quarto. , , [1, blank], ; , [1, blank], , [1, blank], ; , ; , [1, blank], , [1, blank], ; , [1, blank], ;  pp. Item #16299
Abbey 388 (see also 385 for the original).