Title: PALESTINE BY ROAD AND RAIL. A Concise Guide ...
Publisher: AHVA CO-OP PRINTING PRESS, JERUSALEM.
Publication Date: 1942
Binding: Soft cover
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: 1st Edition
94, (1) printed pages, final page blank. Folding plan of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (with key on verso) and a folding map of Palestine and southern Syria (scale 1:4,000,000, tiny marginal tear at foot not affecting map). Leaves uniformly toned. 11 x 15.5 cm. Original printed wrappers (few scattered ink spots on upper cover, a corner crease and some light rubbing and a light red stain on rear cover). Staple bound, as original. Loosely inserted is a contemporary folded 14 x 11cm souvenir with a leaf from the trees of the garden of Gethsemane tipped in, published by the Friars of the Franciscan Printing Office. "The Garden of Gethsemane is one of the most lovely spots in Jerusalem. Flower beds are laid out between the eight venerable Olive trees, offshoots of those trees which witnessed the greatest agony and the most fervent prayer history ever recorded". Very scarce pocket guide to the Holy Land, published for British soldiers serving in Mandatory Palestine, encouraging them to explore sites of religious and historical interest in "a land of diversity" that can be "bewildering at times to the newcomers" (p. 5). A guide book describing the most prominent landmarks of Jerusalem and its surroundings, including the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Dome of the Rock, the Via Dolorosa, the Muristan, the Zion quarter, Gethsemane, and Jericho, as well as Bethlehem and Hebron, with directions to and accounts of other places including Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Beirut, Nazareth, Damascus, and Baalbek. In addition, it contains a short history of Palestine and a chronological list of events from 2,600 BC to the Lebanon's declaration of independence in 1941. It goes into details such as locations of prisons, law courts, police stations and even road blocks where passports must be produced. WorldCat locates only two library copies in the world (National Library of Israel and Stanford University Library). Seller Inventory # 5211