“HE WAS ONE OF THE FIRST TO STUDY THE AREA”: DE SAULCY’S VOYAGE AROUND THE DEAD SEA AND IN THE BIBLE LANDS, 1853 ATLAS VOLUME, WITH SPLENDID VIEWS OF THE HOLY LAND
(JERUSALEM & HOLY LAND) SAULCY, Louis Félicien Joseph Caignart de. Voyage autour de la Mer Morte et dans les Terres Bibliques Exécuté de Décembre 1850 a Avril 1851… Atlas. Paris: Gide et J. Baudry, 1853. Quarto, contemporary three-quarter red morocco, raised bands, marbled boards and endpapers.
First edition of the atlas volume to accompany de Saulcy’s account of his important and early archeological excavations in the Holy Land, richly illustrated with 14 lithographic maps (one double-page) and 57 engraved plates of scenic views and archeological plans (four tinted, several larger views printed on india paper and mounted). A handsomely bound copy.
French archaeologist Felix de Saulcy was highly influential in the field of the archaeology of the Holy Land. He traveled in Syria and Palestine in 1850-51 (and again in 1863), and his chief discoveries were his recognition that the mound of Jericho was the site of an ancient city, his drawing of the first plan of Masada, and his clearing the Tombs of the Kings of Jerusalem, where he conducted the first archaeological excavation in the Holy Land. “He was one of the first to study the area” (Blackmer). Saulcy’s expeditions explored the architecture’s Jewish, Roman, Greek, Christian, and Islamic elements, and laid a foundation for all further scholarship of the area. Issued simultaneously with octavo text volume; another octavo volume of supplements was published separately the following year. “The work is rarely found complete” (Blackmer). Text in French. Blackmer 262-65. Ex-libris Society of Writers to the Signet (a prestigious society of Scottish lawyers), with the Society’s gilt armorial stamp to front and rear covers.
Maps and plates fine. Extremities of morocco only slightly rubbed. A near-fine, handsomely bound copy.