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Mapping the Holy Land: The Origins of Cartography in Palestine

Mapping the Holy Land: The Origins of Cartography in Palestine
Bruno Schelhaas, Jutta Faehndrich, Haim Goren

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Through a detailed study of the work of three of the leading figures of the era - Augustus Petermann, Physical Geographer Royal to Queen Victoria; cartographer Charles Meredith van de Velde, who produced the finest map of the region at the time; and Edward Robinson, founder of modern Palestinology - the authors explore the complex cultural, cartographic and technical processes that shaped and determined the resulting maps of the region. Making full use of newly discovered archival material, and richly illustrated in both colour and black and white, Mapping the Holy Land is essential reading for cartographers, historical geographers, historians of mapmaking, and for all those with an interest in the Holy Land and the history of Palestine.

Author Info

Haim Goren is Professor of Historical Geography, Tel Hai College, Israel. He has a longstanding interest in the Holy Land, European activity in Ottoman Palestine and the Near East, and the history of the modern scientific study of these regions. He is the author of Dead Sea Level: Science, Exploration and Imperial Interests in the Near East (2011) and (with E.Dolev and Y. Sheffy) Palestine and the First World War: New Perspectives (2014), both published by I.B.Tauris.Bruno Schelhaas is Head of the Archive for Geography, Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography,Leibniz, Germany. His interests include the history of geography and cartography, historical geography and archival science.Jutta Faehndrich is a researcher with the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography, where her research focus is on the history of cartography, European cultural history, and cultures of memory.


‘This book by three authors who are experts in their fields of archival science, the history of cartography, historical geography, and cultural history, sets an exemplary standard for detailed research into archives which have been hitherto unexploited for their content as far as the mapping of the Holy Land in the nineteenth century is concerned. Much is revealed, not only of the map compilation methods and commercial map publishing practices of those times, but we also learn of the more elusive human stories behind what were the ground-breaking cartographic products of their time for this area. There is a cornucopia of new material here, which will be relevant to a readership that goes beyond the geographical limits of the Holy Land. This presentation of substantial original research into the major nineteenth-century German map publishers and mapmakers, and their associates, provides an inestimable service to all students of map history whatever their geographical focus. This book must rank as a major contribution to the subject of the history of cartography in general, as well as an essential reference for the mapping of the Holy Land in the nineteenth century in particular.’ - Dr Yolande Hodson, Formerly Honorary Secretary of the Palestine Exploration Fund

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
Series: Historical Geography

ISBN: 9781784534547
Publication Date: 08 May 2017
Number of Pages: 256
Height: 256
Width: 189
Illustrations: 24 black and white maps, 10 colour maps

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