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ROBERTS, David, R.A. Egypt & Nubia. F.G. Moon, London. 1846 & 1849. 1st standard edition. 2 vols, Folio. Presented in green half leather with pimpled cloth to boards. Gilt titling to boards and spine. 42 full page and 42 half page lithographs plus one full page map, after Roberts, by Haghe. [2]

Condition report

Leather worn at extremities.

A few of the full page tissue paper guards for plates missing.

Some light foxing, affecting a few of the plates.

Vol 2 lacking free endpapers.

Vol 2 internal front hinge split from top to bottom.

In addition to these comments:

The list of plates given in volume two is not particularly helpful in respect of these volumes. There are discrepancies between the list and the order of the plates in the volumes themselves. There are also major discrepancies in terms of spellings (at least three variants of Karnac, for instance) and the Illustrated title page for Volume 2 is incorrectly labelled as Volume 1- this erased and Volume 2 inserted in ink.

I list below the actual plates as they appear in each volume:

Volume 1

Full page:

Frontis Aboo Simbel

Portico of Temple on Kom Ombo

Temple Aboo Simbel

Portico of Edfou


Interior of Temple Aboo Simbel

Luxor from Nile

Sphinx and Pyramids


Obelisk Luxor

Temple Esneh

Island of Philac

Temple Kalabshi

Lybian Mountains

Temple of Edfou

Temple of Edfou



Temple of Philae

Temple of Philae

Grand Portico Philae

Part Page Plates:

Geeza from Nile

Pompey’s Pillar

Tafa, Numbia

Gyrshe, Nubia

Memnon, Plain of Goorna

Sanctuary Aboo Simbel

Luxor from SW


Dakke, Nubia

Cleopatra’s Needle

Maharraka, Nubia

Wady Kardassy

Abyssinian Slaves


Wady Saboua

Temple of Luxor



Nubian Women

Caves of Beni Hassan

Wady Saboua

Volume 2

Full Page:

Frontis Temple of Aboo Simble

Title Karnack



Temple of Amun

Hadjar Silsilis



Medinet Abou

Medinet Abou

Temple of Philae

Pyramids of Geezah

Temple of Dendera

Island of Elephantine



Tombs of the Kings of Thebes

Staves of Memnon

Temple of Luxor


Kom Ombo

Map of Egypt & Nubia

Part page:

Nubians at Wady Kardassy

Ibrim, Nubia

Wadi Saboua

Water wheel

Philae at sunset

Hall of Columns Karnack

Island of Bigge


Temple of A’mada

Temple of Dandour

Temple of Isis

Typhonaeum at Pendes

Wady Kardassy

Obelisk of On

Temple of Wady Dabod


Aboo Simbel

Nile near Wady Dabod



Island of Philae

I have taken a selection of photographs of the plates, covering the best and worst examples. For the vast majority the plates are clean. A few have very minor foxing and one or two have a slight damp stain. See photos.

Condition reports must be considered as a matter of opinion and not fact.


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