2 WILSON, Charles. Picturesque Palestine, Sinai and Egypt. 106


Description: Beautifully illustrated description of Palestine, Sinai and Egypt

WILSON, Charles.
Picturesque Palestine, Sinai and Egypt. Edited by Colonel Wilson, R.E, C.B., F.R.S. formerly engineer to the Palestine Exploration Society. Assisted by the most eminent Palestine explorers etc. With numerous engravings on steel and wood.
London, Virtue and Co., [ca.1870]. 4 volumes. Large 4to (33 x 25 cm). With 4 title-pages in red and black, each with a different large steel-engraved vignette, 38 plates (including 4 different steel-engraved frontispieces), and 2 double-page engraved maps of Egypt and Sinai, printed in brown. Contemporary half sheepskin, buckram sides; front board with centre piece in gold, gilt edges.
€ 2,500
First edition of beautifully illustrated description of Palestine, Sinai and Egypt by Major-General Sir Charles Wilson (1836-1905). In the preface to his biography on Wilson, Charles Moore Watson wrote that Wilson "probably did more than any other man to increase the knowledge of the geography and archeology of Asia Minor, Palestine and the adjacent countries". It also includes descriptions by distinguished explorers in Palestine such as Canon Tristram, Charles Warren, M. Rogers, and notably Major Claude Reignier Conder, R.E. (1848-1910), as well as several others. The fourth volume is completely devoted to Sinai (pp. 1-120) and Egypt (pp. 121-234). The illustrations in the parts that describe Sinai include a detailed map of Sinai and Egypt, views of Jebel Hammam Far'un, Jebel Kanata, the mountains at the head of Wady Leja and Jebel ed Deir.
Some occasional spots, but otherwise a very good set.
Ibrahim-Hilmy II, pp. 335-336.
  • Number: 1011924
  • Dealer: Speculum Orbis Nauticum

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