New York: Harper and Brothers, 1859. Illustrated with 156 engravings in volume I and 113 engravings in volume II. Three fold-out maps. First Edition. 8vo. Two volumes, 560 pp. including indices and 614 pp. including indices. Green pebbled cloth covered boards stamped in gold. Text is clean and unmarred in any way. Maps crisp, without any tears. Front hinge of vol I cracked but holding. Free front endpaper of volume II has one clipped bottom corner and one crease. A little wear at top and bottom of spine. Spines a little faded. Overall a very good plus set. Item #790
From the introduction: "The land where the Word-made-flesh dwelt with men is, and must ever be, an integral part of the Divine Revelation. Her testimony is essential to the chain of evidences, her aid invaluable in exposition. Mournful deserts and mouldering ruins rebuke the pride of man and vindicate the truth of God; and yawning gulf, from Tophet to the Sea of Death, in its sepulchre of bitumen and brimstone, warn the wicked, and prophesy of coming wrath. Even the trees of her forests speak parables, and rough brambles bear allegories; while little sparrows sing hymns to the happy, and lilies give lessons to comfort the poor. The very hills and mountains, rocks, rivers, and fountains, are symbols and pledges of things far better than themselves. In a word, Palestine is one vast tablet whereupon God's messages to men have been drawn, and graven deep in living characters by the Great Publisher of glad tidings, to be seen and read of all to the end of time."