Freeman's Auction
(Antiquarianism) 6 Vols. Roberts, David. The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt & Nubia. With: Egypt & Nubia. London, 1842-1849. Folio, modern buckram, all edges gilt. Tall set. With 1 portrait, 2 maps and 247 tinted plates, of which 126 full page, 121 half page; all plates in (later) hand-color. Minor dust smudging to margins of text and plates (full and half page), occasional, mostly light, foxing to text leaves and a few half page plates, a few half page plates showing minor spotting and smudging in image, first 20 plates in volume 1 of The Holy Land... chipped at blank fore edge corners, other scattered, minor paper faults, minor chipping at edges of frontispiece and vignette title in volume 1 of Egypt & Nubia, the introduction leaves in that volume sprung or detached and a little chipped at edges, 1 tissue guard in the first Holy Land volume browned and defective. Without the list of subscribers. Ex-library: perforated stamps on all full page plates (including frontispieces and vignette titles) and maps, and on half page plate sheet #43 of volume 2 of Egypt & Nubia; ink stamps on dedication leaf of Holy Land volume 1, foot of "Encampment of the Pilgrims, Jericho" half plate sheet of Holy Land volume 2, page (1) of Holy Land volume 3, dedication leaf of Egypt & Nubia volume 1, foot of "Group of Nubians - Wady Kardassy," half plate sheet of Egypt & Nubia volume 2, and on the text of vignette title leaf of Egypt & Nubia volume 3, labels on front pastedowns. Most perforated stamps in blank bottom margins of full page plates, occasionally touching images. Internally, generally clean and bright.

Tooley 401 and 402.
Estimate $40,000-70,000

Sold for $26,250 (buyer's premium included)