Synopses & Reviews
A fascinating look at the the wonders of Egyptian ruins
David Roberts, one of the most skilled landscape artists of his time, set out for Egypt in 1838, where he made countless sketches of the most remarkable sites and monuments.
Superb lithographs made from his work, first published between 1846 and 1848, are richly reproduced here in resplendent color, along with Roberts' diary accounts of his travels from Alexandria to the fabulous Abu Simbel temples. Each illustration, now arranged in chronological order, is accompanied by a photograph showing the same view more than 150 years later.
Fabio Bourbon's lucid essay introduces anew this 19th-century virtuoso lithographer and contextualizes his images for the modern reader.
This book shows the before and after of these ancient sites after excavation as never seen before. The wonderful and romantic images from David Roberts as were first seen when he travelled to Egypt, are contrasted with current photographs of the same sites. Although saving these monuments to the ancient past is most important to the world, one can't help but to wish to come upon these wonders when Roberts captured them in his drawings. Truely a must for anyone who has been to Egypt, or simply wants to arm travel through history.A large book with full color plates.