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Scarce, Attractive Wall Map of the Holy Land

Holy Land/ Egypt. SEATON, R. [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 of the early modern period in the mapping of the area. Although made as the title suggests “as a companion for &to illustrate the Scriptures,” it utilized advanced, up-to-date surveys, notably those conducted by General Kleber in behalf of both Napoleon and the British Admiralty. The map is graced by 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.
Marked in red on the map are “Probable route[s] of the Israelites” from Egypt throughout the Sinai Desert and up into the Holy Land. The latter is still shown divided into the lands of the various tribes of Israel.
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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