By: John Bartholomew & Son
Date: 1927 (circa) Edinburgh & London
Dimensions: 56.5 x 37 inches (143.5 x 94 cm)
This is an antique folding map of Palestine colored by altitude with place names given in both biblical and contemporary text. The map was published by John Bartholomew & Son out of Edinburgh circa 1927 with privilege given to the Edinburgh Geographical Institute.
As stated in the title, this is an Orographical map, meaning it is colored by variances in altitude from the highest point being Mt Hermon; 9,166 ft. and the lowest being the greatest depth of the Dead Sea; 1,308 ft. (2,600 ft. below the Mediterranean). Throughout the map, roads, railways, caravan trails, are delineated with villages, cities, and ruined sites noted throughout. Two smaller inset maps, the Plan of Jerusalem and a Vegetation Map of Modern Palestine are provided at lower right. The bottom portion of the map features a cross section of Judea and the Dead Sea and and a cross section of Galilee and the Jordan Valley.
Manuscript pencil annotations appear in the lower left over Gaza. The cover notes a price for the map mounted on cloth of 8s 6d NET and along the bottom offers the map mounted on cloth, rollers, and varnished as a wall map for 12s 6d NET. The back of the map features an advertisement for Bartholomew's Handy Reference Atlas of the World, 11th Edition (published 1928). This advertisement helped us date the map to sometime around 1927.
Condition: Map is in fine condition with some staining along the linen folds the enter the paper in a few areas. One section at the top has begun to separate, but this can be easily mended on the verso should the next owner wish to have the map framed.
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