1923 Holt Map of Jordan and Syria and Parts of Iraq, and Israel / Palestine

Motor and Camel Surveys in the North Arabian Desert. - Main View

1923 Holt Map of Jordan and Syria and Parts of Iraq, and Israel / Palestine


Details the region between Jerusalem and Baghdad mapped by a British spy.


Motor and Camel Surveys in the North Arabian Desert.
  1923 (dated)     14.5 x 24.5 in (36.83 x 62.23 cm)     1 : 1500000


This is a 1923 A. L. Holt map of Syria and Lebanon and parts of Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Palestine / Israel. The map depicts the region from Jerusalem to Baghdad and from Beirut to Jauf and the Nafud. The road here referred to as a 'motor route' between Amman and Ramadi is illustrated by two parallel lines. A single line marks other routes through the desert. The most important of these, however, is the route followed by Harry St. John Philby, a British Arabist and colonial office intelligence officer, and A.L. Holt, to Jauf to reconnaissance the oasis. Dates marked along the route chronicle the party's progress. The two men and their hired helpers spent three days in Jauf before continuing east to Sakaka to visit the Sultan. From Sakaka, after being 'detained' for over a week, Philby and Holt continued east to Karbala, exploring the territory and finally reading Karbala over one month after leaving Amman.
Publication History and Census
This map is a reduced edition of a manuscript map created by Major A.L. Holt from his surveys. The Royal Geographical Society published it in the October 1923 edition of The Geographical Journal. No examples are cataloged in OCLC, and it rarely appears on the private market.


A. L. Holt (1896 - 1971) was a British explorer and military officer. As a member of the Royal Engineers in the 1920s, Holt led several motorized expeditions through the Arabian deserts. For these exploits, the first to utilize large convoys of motor cars on long desert journeys, Holt selected Ford cars. Holt also surveyed and proposed a route for a trans-Arabian railway using Fords, which covered 350 miles. Unfortunately for Holt, the railway was never constructed. Learn More...

Royal Geographical Society (fl. 1830 - present) is a British Society established in 1830 to promote geographical science and exploration. Originally titled the "Geographical Society of London", the RGS received its royal charter from Queen Victoria in 1859 shortly after absorbing several similar but more regional societies including the African Association, the Raleigh Club and the Palestine Association. The RGS sponsored many of the most important and exciting voyages of exploration ever undertaken, including the exploration of Charles Darwin, David Livingstone, Robert Falcon Scott, Richard F. Burton, John Speke, George Hayward, H. M Stanley, Ernest Shackleton and Sir Edmond Hillary. Today, the RGS remains a leading global sponsor of geographical and scientific studies. The Society is based in Lowther Lodge, South Kensington, London. Learn More...


The Geographical Journal. Vol. 62, No. 4 (London: Royal Geographical Society) 1893.    


Very good. Exhibits toning and light wear along original fold lines. Small closed tear along right border. Blank on verso.