[Data Visualization] Palästina-Wirtschafts-Atlas.

Cartographer(s): Davis Trietsch
Date: 1926
Place: Berlin
Dimensions: Folio. 50 x 38 cm (20 x 15 in)
Condition Rating: VG+

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A scarce 1926 Zionist statistical atlas of Jewish life in Palestine, published in Weimar Germany.


A rare and remarkable work, this is Davis Trietsch’s Palästina-Wirtschafts-Atlas, published in Berlin in 1926. It provides statistics and information about the Jewish population of Palestine with the hope that it would encourage further Jewish emigration from German-speaking lands to Eretz Israel. 

Maps and charts abound, with information on the Jewish population in Palestine and beyond. Perhaps the most impressive of these is a large foldout map titled ‘Die Jüdische Welt,’ noting the distribution of the 26 million Jewish people throughout the world. True to its title, economic life in particular is emphasized, with charts on population, labor, employment in various industries, trade, investment, land ownership, grain production, and more. 

Together, these data highlight the rapidly growing Jewish population of Palestine in the post-World War I period, when the British Mandate administration of the region committed itself to supporting Zionism. They were also meant to persuade Jews in German-speaking lands that a decent life awaited them in Palestine.



This atlas (OCLC 1127394683, 976000885) was written by Davis Trietsch and published by Orient-Verlag in Berlin in 1926. It overlaps significantly with another work authored by Trietsch, also published by Orient-Verlag in Berlin in 1926, titled Atlas der Jüdischen Welt (OCLC 247065698). The two works were so closely related that the title page of the latter is included here.

Regardless of title, the work is quite rare, only being held by New York University, the National Library of Israel, the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, and the Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg. An additional copy is found in the David Rumsey Map Collection (#12136).


Davis Trietsch

Davis Trietsch (January 4, 1870 – January 31, 1935) was a German-born Jewish writer, publisher, and intellectual who was a leading member of the Zionist movement in the early 20th century.

An attendee at the First Zionist Congress in 1897, Trietsch was a self-described ‘Zionist maximalist’ who advocated immediate settlement throughout ‘Greater Palestine,’ focusing initially on Cyprus and then concentrating on Palestine. Having been born in Dresden, Trietsch traveled throughout Europe as a young man and lived in New York City for most of the 1890s before relocating to Berlin, where he co-founded the magazine Ost und West, the Jüdischer Verlag, and the organization Juedische Orient-Kolonisations-Gesellschaft. Trietsch himself emigrated to Palestine in 1932 and died there a few years later. 

Condition Description

Excellent. 30 color-printed maps and charts (of which 4 folding), loose as issued in original navy blue portfolio, portfolio frayed at extremities with tape repairs to inner hinges.

Some of the maps in the present publication were also issued in Trietsch's Atlas der Jüdischen Welt, also published in 1926. (The title-page to that volume is included in the present copy).