910 x 815 mm., early wash colour, dissected and laid on linen, folding into original marbled paper slipcase, in good condition.
This is a rare large detailed map of the Holy Land published to accompany Peter Graham’s ‘A Topographical Dictionary of Palestine Or the Holy Land: Alphabetically Arranged to Illustrate the Geography of the Holy Scriptures, and to Extend a Knowledge of that Interesting Country’ in 1836. The early nineteenth century saw an increased understanding of the Middle East brought on by the French in Egypt amongst other ventures. This increased knowledge brought about a desire to relate it to Biblical works. Hence this and others were published. The map illustrates in red the possible routes of the Israelites from Egypt through the Sinai Desert and up into the Holy Land. The latter is still shown divided into the lands of the various tribes of Israel. A superb large engraving of Christ at upper left by John and Charles Walker is derived from a painting by W. Hamilton R. A. He is depicted at Jacob’s well with a Samaritan woman. Other illustrations are of the Crucifixion and Moses receiving the Commandments. Laor (no. 712) cites a map by Seaton but research shows that this is a completely different plate. Provenance: Russell Book Fair 1989; private collection of Rodney Shirley.