This comprehensive work was the first detailed survey of the area that used to be known as Western Palestine. The whole country west of the Jordan from Tyre in the north to Beersheba in the south was submitted to the surveyors´ scrutiny - every town, village, saint´s 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 surveyed area includes modern day Israel, the southernmost part of Lebanon and Jordan as far as the River Jordan. The Islamic archaeology of Jerusalem and the countryside is also meticulously surveyed.
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 Survey covered 6000 square miles and includes a set of 26 highly detailed maps and 50 plates supplemented by nine volumes of extensive writings on all aspects of Palestine: Memoirs on the topography, orography, hydrography and archaeology of Galilee, Samaria and Judea (one volume each); Special Papers on topography, archaeology, manners and customs; Jerusalem; Fauna and Flora; Geology; also Arabic and English Name Lists and a complete General Index.
The Survey was intended to include at a later date Eastern, Southern and Northern Palestine. In fact only one volume on Eastern Palestine was published, and has been included here.
ARRANGEMENT OF VOLUMES
(1) Fauna and Flora
(3) General Index
(5) Memoirs I, Galilee
(6) Memoirs II, Samaria
(7) Memoirs III, Judea
(8) Arabic and English Name Lists
(9) Special Papers
(10) Survey of Eastern Palestine
One map box containing the Map of Western Palestine 1872-1877: key map plus 26 Sheets.
Two map boxes contining the excavations at Jerusalem 1867-1870: (50 Plates in 2 volumes)
The 26 sheets are produced in tremendous detail (to a scale of one inch per mile) and are of such superb quality that they have great historical significance. In the areas that have not been affected by modern developments - and as the precursor maps of all areas - they are still valid. Siting of wadis, inns, minarets, churches, wells and cliffs are included on the maps. They cover an area north of Tyre and south to Beersheba and Masada (including Gaza), from the Mediterranean coastline as far east as the River Jordan.
This edition has been printed at 80% of original size.