The tools of his trade at the ready, David Roberts poses for the portrait that appeared on the dedication page of his book of lithographs of the Holy Land. Having begun his career by painting imitation marble decoration on the walls of well-to-do British homes, Roberts (1796–1864) achieved lasting fame thanks to the publication of hand-tinted scenes based on his travels in Egypt, Sinai and the Holy Land. Even a century later, one critic hailed them as “the apotheosis of the tinted lithograph.” Roberts’ lithographs were reprinted as illustrations in several editions of the Bible, but so treasured were these Bibles that they are extremely difficult to find. Dr. W. Benson Harer, Jr., an obstetrician with a strong interest in Egyptology, describes in the accompanying article how he chanced across a rare Roberts Bible in a modest used-book shop.