Friday, April 17, 2009

Survey of Western Palestine

In this month’s BiblePlaces Newsletter, I commented on the tremendous value of the Survey of Western Palestine (published in the 1880s).  Unfortunately these dozen (or so) volumes are very expensive in reprint form (about $6,000), and it is almost impossible to find the originals for sale.  In about a decade of active searching, I think I’ve only seen it for sale once.  But this week, another copy popped up.  You’ll have to travel to the Netherlands or pay a good bit for shipping, but it’s currently for sale for about $7,000.  That includes the 26 sheets of the map, which itself costs about half of that (when it is available). 

Many of the volumes are now available for free online in pdf format:

An Introduction to the Survey of Western Palestine: Its Waterways, Plains, & Highlands (1881), by T. Saunders (pdf)

The Survey of Western Palestine: Memoirs of the Topography, Orography, Hydrography, and Archaeology: Galilee (Volume 1) (1881), by C. R. Conder and H. H. Kitchener (pdf)

The Survey of Western Palestine: Memoirs of the Topography, Orography, Hydrography, and Archaeology: Samaria (Volume 2) (1882), by C. R. Conder and H. H. Kitchener (pdf)

The Survey of Western Palestine: Memoirs of the Topography, Orography, Hydrography, and Archaeology: Judea (Volume 3) (1883), by C. R. Conder and H. H. Kitchener (pdf)

The Survey of Western Palestine: Jerusalem (1884), by C. Warren and C. R. Conder (pdf)

The Survey of Western Palestine: The Fauna and Flora of Palestine (1885), by H. B. Tristram (pdf).

The Survey of Western Palestine: Arabic and English Name Lists Collected during the Survey (1881), by E. H. Palmer (pdf)

Not Presently Available:

Special Papers on Topography, Archaeology, Manners and Customs, etc. (1881), by C. Wilson, C. Warren, C. R. Conder, et al.

The Survey of Western Palestine: Memoir on the Physical Geology and Geography of Arabia Petraea (1886), by E. H. Hull

Survey of Eastern Palestine: Topography, Orography, Hydrography and Archaeology: The Adwan Country (1889), by C. R. Conder

Available from BiblePlaces.com:

A General Index to The Memoirs, Vols. 1-3; The Special Papers; The Jerusalem Volume; The Flora and Fauna of Palestine; The Geological Survey; and to the Arabic and English Names List (info, pdf)

Map of Western Palestine in 26 Sheets from Surveys Conducted for the Committee of the Palestine Exploration Fund, by C. R. Conder and H. H. Kitchener (1880).  The CD edition also includes the map from the Survey of Eastern Palestine (info, order)

Forthcoming from BiblePlaces.com:

Excavations at Jerusalem 1867-70 (50 Plates), by C. Warren.

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4 Comments:

  • Thanks for the links for the PDFs. I was actually looking for Tristam's F&F of P for some of my research--it's missing in our library. It's a shame that the Volume on the special papers isn't in PDF. In my opinion that's one of the more interesting ones.

    By Anonymous Benj Foreman, at Mon Apr 20, 03:46:00 AM  

  • Thanks Todd they are great.
    Also if I could add, the Jerusalem Virtual Library has many good photo's of early Israel with my favourite being Sir Charles Wilson's Ordnance Survey of Jerusalem. See link below or go to www.jerusalem-library.org, in the photo's section, and see the others.
    "http://www.jerusalem-library.org/frameset.php?content=collection_browser.php%253Ftype=photograph%2526first=0%2526num=5"

    By Anonymous Sean.Q, at Sun Apr 26, 02:51:00 AM  

  • where con I find Photograph 110 taken by major Wilson of mukam en neby yahya as mentioned in page 365 of SWP Vol II?

    By Blogger Jonathan, at Thu Oct 22, 04:14:00 AM  

  • Jonathan - I don't know. I would guess that they are in the collection of the Palestine Exploration Fund in London. You might try inquiring there. There is some information about that here:
    http://www.pef.org.uk/photographic/

    By Blogger Todd Bolen, at Thu Oct 22, 07:58:00 PM  

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