Le Pays d'Israël. Collection de cent vues prises d'après nature dans la Syrie et la Palestine pendant son voyage d'exploration géographique en 1851 et 1852.
Elephant folio (440 x 570 mm). (1), 88 pp. With 99 lithographed plates and 1 engraved map. Contemporary red half morocco, raised spine bands, spined ruled and titled in gilt. Marbled endpapers.
First edition of this rare and splendid series of Palestinian views, uncommonly complete with all the plates. The ninety-nine beautiful lithographs, most subtly tinted in blues and warm tones, show magnificent views of Beirut, Sidon, Mount Hermon, the ruins of Hazour, Mellia, Akka, Samaria, Jaffa, Jerusalem, Kidron, Bethlehem, Hebron, the Dead Sea, and Gaza. The final plate is a map of the region with a few hand-coloured lines. All bear the engraved signature of Wilhelm van de Velde (1818-98) and the dry-stamp of the publisher. This copy includes the often-missing lithographed title-page and is one of only 300 volumes ever published. After this small print run, all lithographic stones were destroyed.
From the collection of Baron James de Rothschild, featuring the distinctive roundel bookplate of the Bibliothèque du Baron James de Rothschild. Born in Frankfurt under the Holy Roman Empire, James Rothschild initially moved to Paris to aid his brother Nathan Mayer Rothschild's business there; shortly, he established himself and his family at the heart of France's industrial revolution, and charted a steady course through the upheavals of 19th century French politics. Elevated to the status of Baron, his interest in art was genuine, and his collection well-respected.
From the collection of the banker James Mayer Rothschild (1792-1868), founder of the French branch of the prominent Rothschild family (armorial bookplate and label of the Château de Ferrières to front pastedown).
Light exterior wear, with some dampstaining affecting the margins throughout.