Yesterday I sent out the latest edition of the BiblePlaces Newsletter, complete with a “scoop” on how to get the digital maps from the New Moody Atlas of the Bible as well as a set of photos of the Israelite capital of Samaria. You can read the newsletter here and you can subscribe here.
In the newsletter I also noted that in conjunction with a complete overhaul of the BiblePlaces webstore, we were offering a big discount for a brief time. Today and tomorrow only you can purchase the complete four-volume electronic edition of Picturesque Palestine for $20, including free shipping in the US.
Picturesque Palestine was published in four large volumes in 1881 and it was an immediate success.
But there were many travel type books published in the 19th century that are no longer of much interest. What makes Picturesque Palestine still valuable is that it was written by the best scholars of the day. If you’ve done much research about the Holy Land, you’ll be familiar with names like Charles Wilson, Henry B. Tristram, Claude Conder, Mary Eliza Rogers, Charles Warren, Edward Palmer, and others.
The work is also outstanding because of the hundreds of beautiful illustrations. Color photographs have their value, but I love to study old engravings like this one. Altogether the collection has 600 engravings, all identified in the filename. When this set was published about five years ago, we didn’t have programs like Picasa that allowed quick and easy access to photos by searching. Today you can copy all of these images to your computer and find what you are looking for instantaneously.
I love this collection. I love to read the stories and to enjoy the illustrations. It took a lot of work to digitize the whole, but my hope is that it not only made the work available to a much wider audience (than the limited print editions that cost around $500), but also that it is much more useful than the originals are.
To get the discounted price, use this link. The collection will be in your cart with the discount applied when you are ready to checkout. The offer ends on Thursday, 9/16 at 11:59 pm.