London: Printed by T. Bensley. Published by R. Bowyer, 1810. Item #04355
Twenty-Four Fine Hand-Colored Aquatint Plates of Palestine and the Middle East
CLARKE, J. [AINSLIE, Sir Robert]. [MAYER, Luigi]. A Series of Twenty-Four Views Illustrative of The Holy Scriptures. Selected from Sir Robert Ainslie's Celebrated Collection of Drawings in Palestine, Egypt, Syria, Corinth, Ephesus, &c. &c. &c. Engraved and coloured by, and under the direction of J. Clarke. With a geographical and historical account of each view. [London]: Printed by T. Bensley. Published by R. Bowyer, .
Large folio. (12 13/16 x 9 3/16 inches; 326 x 234 mm.). 8 pp. Twenty-four fine hand-colored aquatint plates of views and costumes after Mayer by Thomas Milton and others. Plates watermarked "J. Whatman 1809".
Contemporary half maroon hard grain morocco over marbled boards. Covers double ruled in gilt, front cover with maroon morocco lettering label. Spine with five raised bands, ruled in gilt, marbled end-papers, top edge gilt. With the binders ticket "Williamson Bookbinder Lincoln" on front paste-down. Some very minor marginal foxing otherwise a fine copy.
"Numbers 1 to 11, 20, 21, and 24 are reduced from Mayer's plates in Bowyer's Palestine, 1804, Volume II of No. 369 (JA 3089). Plate 24… in particular, has considerable additional detail. Numbers 14 to 16, and 22 are similarly based on plates in the Caramania, 1803, Volume III of No. 369; No. 12 on a plate in the Egypt, 1801, Volume I of No. 369, and Numbers 13, 17, 18, 19, and 23 on plates in the Views of the Ottoman Dominions, 1810, No. 371 (JA 4856)". Abbey Travel, Volume II, pp. 332-333.
2. Tower on Mount Zion.
3. View in Bethlehem
4. Pool of Bethesda.
5. Fountain of Siloam.
6. Sepulchres of the Kings of Judah.
7. Sepulchres of the Judges of Israel.
8. Tomb of Absalom.
9. Village of Bethany.
10. Subterranean Church, Bethlehem.
11. Sepulchre of Rachel.
12. Josephs Hall.
14. City of Corinth.
15. Colossal Vase, Cyprus.
16. View in the Island of Rhodes.
18. Ruins of the Temple of Diana, at Ephesus.
19. Port of Laodicea.
20. Tomb in the Valley of Jehoshaphat.
21. Bridge over the Brook Cedron.
23. Ruins at Ephesus.
24. Tomb of Joseph of Arimathea.
Abbey, Travel, 382.