Palestine, In the Time of our Saviour Illustrating the Acts of the Apostles etc.
1850 (dated) 18 x 15 in (45.72 x 38.1 cm)
1 : 725000
This is a fine example of George Frederick Cruchley's 1850 map of Palestine, Israel or the Holy Land in Biblical times. Centered on the Jordan River, the map covers the regions between modern day Israel and Lebanon along with parts of Jordan and Syria. An inset in the lower right quadrant features the plan of Ancient Jerusalem. Depicts the ancient walled city in detail, noting many ancient sites, including the Temple of Kings, the Tower of Psephinus, the site of the Temple in Moriah, Tower of Antonia and the Hill of Evil Council (the legendary house of Caiaphas, where Judas is said to have plotted the betrayal of Jesus), among others. Throughout the map names important towns and cities, cities with ancient and contemporary place names. The map is color coded with relief shown by hachures.
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 1842, 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. Cruchely 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), also continued to work as a book and map seller until his death.
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.