A New Map of Palestine, Or The Holy Land With Part Of Egypt…. R. SEATON.
A New Map of Palestine, Or The Holy Land With Part Of Egypt…
Rare Holy Land Map for the Illustration of Scripture
Holy Land/ Egypt.
[London, c. 1850-1855]

A New Map of Palestine, Or The Holy Land With Part Of Egypt….

32 x 36 inches, Steel engraving with fine, original wash color; archivally re-mounted on new linen; few minor losses, still excellent of this kind.

A scarce, separately published, wall map of the Holy Land made as the title states “as a companion for &to illustrate the Scriptures.” It is also notable for its use of advanced, up-to-date surveys, notably those conducted by General Kleber in behalf of both Napoleon and the British Admiralty.  Marked in red on the map are “Probable route[s] of the Israelites” from Egypt throughout the Sinai Desert to the Holy Land.  The latter is still shown divided into the lands of the various tribes of Israel.  There is a superb engraving of Christ at upper left, portrayed at Jacob’s well with a Samaritan woman. Other illustrations are of the principle square of Cairo and of the pyramids and a sphinx, and in the center are plans of Jerusalem and of the temple.

Although the map is not dated, Seaton mentions among his sources in the note at the lower his own surveys of Egypt conducted in 1850.  He also lists several other sources for the map, including “the recent American Surveys.”

Laor (no. 712) cites a map by Seaton with a similar but not identical title, which seems to be of the same size, but which he dates 1835.  Although Tooley’s Dictionary Q-Z describes Seaton as Hydrographer to the King, it only cites two maps by him: the one described in Laor and one of England.  No dates are given for him.

 

 

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