The Survey of Western Palestine. Special Papers on Topography, Archaeology, Manners and Customs, Etc.

Wilson, Sir Charles / Warren/ Conder/ Kitchner & others.

Book ID: 3035


4to. viii, 362 pp., frontispiece map, tables, illustrations, original cloth, slightly rubbed round edges with light damage to lower spine, title gilt on spine & upper cover with gilt motif, Bookplate of James Glaisten, chairman of Executive Committee, Special Edition Numbered 165 verso front cover, front endpaper worn, otherwise copy clean & in very good condition, published by the Committee of the Palestine Exploration Fund, London, first edition, 1881.


This comprehensive work was the first detailed survey of the area of Eastern Palestine. The whole area was submitted to the surveyors scrutiny – every town, village, Saints tomb, sacred tree, and heap of stones was meticulously recorded. Ruined cities, buildings, tombs, and interesting sites were all excavated, drawn, or photographed: place names, geological and natural history specimens, as well as antiquities, were collected, and casts of inscriptions were made.
The authors of the Survey were Lieutenants Claude Reignier Conder and Horatio Herbert Kitchener, both officers in the Royal Engineers. The volumes dealing with geology and the fauna and flora were written by specialists in those fields. The volume on the excavations at Jerusalem was written by Lt. C. Warren and Lt. Conder.
The most important act of surveying Palestine in order to acquire it later started in 1871 when the Palestine Exploration Fund sent Royal Engineers in November of that year to start surveying the country. Lieut. Claude Conder was appointed leader of the expedition, and later the expedition was joined by Lieut. Kitchner, and several other assistants. The survey was completed in 1877 after six years of work.
Bibliographic reference: Creswell 428.

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