I didn't know whether to place this in art or history since it's both. I picked it up in our synagogoue library this last weekend and it's lovely.
It is the collections of paintings by David Roberts from his trip to the middle east in the early 19th cen. The paintings are complepmented with historical and religious information as well as notes from Roberts' Journal.
I am pleased to have come across it for us to look at and read through and I thought ya'll would appreciate it's historical value as well as it's religious and artistic ones.
Here's a free look at it:http://www.all-art.org/neoclasscism/roberts1.html
and some bound books:
David Roberts: Travels in Egypt & the Holy Land : http://www.amazon.com/David-Roberts-Travels-Egypt-Holy/dp/0764910299/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1338771923&sr=1-3
The Holy Land: Yesterday and Today : http://www.amazon.com/The-Holy-Land-Yesterday-Today/dp/9774243919/ref=pd_sim_sbs_b_5
Egypt Yesterday and Today: http://www.amazon.com/Egypt-Yesterday-Today-Fabio-Bourbon/dp/9774164105/ref=pd_sim_b_2