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1850 Cruchley Map of Israel, Palestine or Holy Land (showing 12 Tribes)

Canaan or the Land of Promise As divided among the Tribes. - Main View

1850 Cruchley Map of Israel, Palestine or Holy Land (showing 12 Tribes)



Canaan or the Land of Promise As divided among the Tribes.
  1850 (dated)     18 x 15 in (45.72 x 38.1 cm)     1 : 725000


This is a fascinating 1850 map of Canaan (Israel or Palestine) by George Frederick Cruchley. It covers the region as it existed in Biblical times with divisions for each of the Tribes of Israel and includes the modern day nations of Israel, Palestine and Lebanon, as well as parts of adjacent Syria and Jordan. It marks both ancient and contemporary place names as well as the locations of Biblical events and ancient sites. Divided into the areas controlled by the Tribes of Israel, from the north these are Asher, Naphtali, Zebulon, Issachar, Manasseh, Ephraim, Benjamin, Dan, Judah, Simeon, Reuben, Gad and Manasseh Beyond Jordan.

Cruchley's General Atlas was unique for its period, employing a vivid color scheme extending even to the oceans, distinctive typography, and various uncommon decorative elements including a peacock feather crown and an imprint medallion, both of which break the printed border.  Though many of the maps in this atlas are copyrighted in 1841, the atlas was first published in 1843 from the Cruchley office at 81 Fleet Street, London, and proving popular went through numerous reissues well into the 1850s.


George Frederick Cruchley (April 23, 1797 - June 16, 1880) was a London based book and map seller active in the middle part of the 19th century. Cruchley began his cartographic career as an apprentice at the venerable Aaroon Arrowsmith firm. Many of Cruchley's earliest maps bear the words 'From Arrowsmith's' on the imprint. In 1844, Cruchley acquired the massive stock of the important early 19th century firm of John Cary. Cruchley published his own maps as well as reissues of Cary's stock well into the 1870s. He is best known for his detailed plans of London, which in recent years have become increasingly scarce and desirable. Cruchley was based in London on 38 Ludgate Street until 1834 when he moved his offices to 81 Fleet Street. Shortly before his death in 1880 Cruchely auctioned (Hodgson's Auctions, Jan 16, 1877) his entire stock. Many of his map plates were thusly acquired by 'Gall and Inglis' who continued the Cruchley tradition well into the early 20th century. Cruchley's son, also George Frederick (1837 - 1882), continued to work as a book and map seller until his death. More by this mapmaker...


Cruchley, G. F., Cruchley's General Atlas, for the use of Schools and Private Tuition, London, 1853.    


Very good. Minor wear and toning along original centerfold. Blank on verso.