Item No: B29152
Publication date: 1857
Published by: Not Stated.
Published location: London.
Edition: 1st Edition, First printing.
Illustrated: Illustrated with 12 chromolithographic and tinted plates.
Dimensions: Oblong 4to. 11" x 15".
About this title:
Twelve lithographic color plates by William Simpson after sketches by the author, nine of which are views, and three of costumes.
Throughout the nineteenth century, artist-pilgrims journeyed to the Holy Land to record the landmarks and native people of Palestine. The sketches they produced documented biblical sites in a highly detailed and realistic manner. These illustrations were enthusiastically received throughout Western Europe and America, where they were published and extensively exhibited.
The English author and artist, Mrs. Ewald, traveled to Palestine in 1849 and her sketches were published as lithographs in 1854" (Levy, Amalia S. Introduction to exhibition catalogue, Jewish Costumes From the Ottoman Empire).
"Nothing is known of Mrs. Ewald, but she may have been the wife of Ferdinand Christian Ewald, who published Journal of Missionary Labours in the City of Jerusalem (2d edition, 1846)…Mrs. Ewald's drawings were lithographed by William Simpson, well known for his work on the Crimean War, Seat of the War in the East" (Khatib, Hashab. Palestine and Egypt Under the Ottomans, p. 150).
"When Mrs. Ewald, the wife of one of the missionaries who accompanied Bishop Alexander to the holy city, was dying, she said, "It is a blessed thought to die in Jerusalem; but I am going to the heavenly Jerusalem, which is free, the mother of us all" (Maude, M.F. Scripture Topography, p.42).
Number three on Khatib's checklist of important and Valuable Plate Books on Palestine and Egypt.