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Special edition 1882 New Testament-themed map of Western Palestine.

Place/Date: London / 1882
$1,000.
Title: Map of Western Palestine from surveys conducted for The Committee of the Palestine Exploration Fund. By Lieuts. C. R. Conder and H. H. Kitchener, R. E. Reduced from the one inch map in twenty six sheets. Special Edition Illustrating The New Testament also The Talmud and Josephus (after the birth of Jesus)…
Technique
Lithograph
Dimensions
96.5 x 165 cm (38 x 65 in)
Identifier
NL-00653
Coloring
Original color
Condition Rating
VG+

Description

This is a fine example of this special edition of Kitchener & Conder’s map of Western Palestine, published in 1882, the year following the issuance of the first edition of the map. It stretches along the eastern Mediterranean coast from Tyre in the north to Gaza in the south, inland to the Dead Sea up the Jordan River to the Sea of Galilee and Mount Hermon.

The present example of the map is based on the work of Trelawney Saunders in An Introduction to the Survey of Western Palestine. It highlights Palestine in the New Testament period, with Biblical place names and important sites.

Cartographer(s)

Claude R. Conder & Horatio Kitchener

Horatio Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener, was an Irish-born British Field Marshal and proconsul who gained fame for his imperial campaigns and later played a central role in the early part of the First World War, although he died halfway through it. In 1874, at age 24, the Palestine Exploration Fund tasked Kitchener to carry out a topographical survey of the Holy Land, replacing Charles Tyrwhitt-Drake, who had died of malaria.

Together with fellow Royal Engineer Claude R. Conder, Kitchener surveyed the region between 1874 and 1877, collecting data on the topography and toponymy of the area, as well as on local flora and fauna.

Condition Description

4 sheets joined on archival modern linen.

References

Conder, C. C., and H. H. Kitchener. The Survey of Western Palestine: Memoirs of the Topography, Orography, Hydrography, and Archaeology. London, 1883.

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