Rare variant of a popular tourist map of Jerusalem.

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This charming pictorial map of Jerusalem blends the old with the new, as historic landmarks from the ancient city are illustrated alongside modern shopping centers and hotels. The walled center is highlighted in red and organized into quarters, while the outskirts are depicted as an idyllic mix of settlement (brown) and countryside (green) dotted with interesting places to visit.

Many are accessible by motorbus routes, also shown in red. The lower corners are anchored with large images of two of the city’s most famous and holy sites; the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Dome of the Rock.

The map was created by Bernhard Gauer and published originally by Boulous-Afif around 1935. This particular example, issued later, was printed by the Syrian Orphanage Press apparently on behalf of the American Red Cross. This is particularly notable because the German Protestant professors who ran the orphanage since 1860 (also known as the Schneller Orphanage, see upper left) were expelled by the British in 1940 and the compound was converted into a military camp.

The verso features tour itineraries and a simple outline of the Holy Land. The map was included with a two page pamphlet, ‘G.I. Tours of Palestine’, published by the American Red Cross at Camp Tel Litwinsky and an A.R.C. envelope postmarked Oct. 5, 1945.

Map Details

Publication Date: c. 1940

Author: Bernhard Gauer

Sheet Width (in): 22.00

Sheet Height (in): 17.00

Condition: A-

Condition Description: Minor creasing and faint wear along the originally issued fold lines. Old tape spots on the verso which do not affect the image. Comes with a two page photographic pamphlet by the American Red Cross titled 'G.I. Tours of Palestine' and a U.S. Army Postal Service envelope dated Oct 5, 1945.


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