Le Pays d’Israel. Collection de Cent Vues Prises d’Apres Nature dans La Syrie et La Palestine pendant son Voyage d’Exploration Geographique en 1851 et 1852. Dedie a Sa Majeste Guillaume III, Roi des Pays-Bas.

Van de Velde, Charles William Meredith (1818-1898).

Book ID: 385


Large Folio. viii, 88 pp., French text, 100 numbered lithographed plates including a frontispiece & 1 map, approximately half the plates are chromolithographs, the remainder tinted in 1, 2 or 3 tints by Cicéri, Jacottet, Sabatier, Benoist, etc., after drawings by Van de Velde, the last plate is a map of Palestine, contemporary burgundy half calf, professionally rebacked, title gilt on raised and decorated spine, Plate 30 (Ruins of Hazour or Hazireh) replaced and tipped in on new white sheet, scattered foxing, faint damp stain on lower inner margins not affecting text or plates, Limited edition of 300 copies, dedicated to William III king of the Netherlands, Jules Renouard, Libraire-Editeur, Paris, first edition 1857.


According to Van de Velde’s autographed letter, only 300 copies were printed, and of these a certain number (not specified) were proof copies published at £25.00 each. Then the lithographed stones were destroyed. The proof copies (description taken from from a copy at one time in the possession of B. Quaritch Ltd) are much taller than ordinary copies, and the plates are printed on card. They also include a plan of Jerusalem (as in this work) which is not numbered and which is not included in the ordinary format. Van de Velde had published an account of his journey in Dutch and English in 1854. [Blackmer 1723].
Charles William Meredith van de Velde (1818-1898), Dutch naval lieutenant, surveyor, painter and cartographer. He made two visits to the Holy Land in 1851 and 1862. He carried out surveys, drawings, paintings and around one hundred watercolours for postcards. He published a detailed map of Palestine after his second visit in 1862.
Van de Velde published this book which contains views of Lebanon, especially its southern parts and Palestine. In 1854, he published ‘Narrative of a journey through Syria and Palestine in 1851 and 1852’, which is a description of his journey during which he collected material for this splendid volume.
Bibliographic references: Blackmer 1723; Rohricht 2274; Tobler 184; not in Abbey.

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