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Lot Number 427

Record of Activities of the Pro-Jerusalem Society Summing Up the Years 1918 to 1922 – London, 1921–1924 – Photographs and Maps

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Lot Number 427

Record of Activities of the Pro-Jerusalem Society Summing Up the Years 1918 to 1922 – London, 1921–1924 – Photographs and Maps

Two books, edited by Charles Robert Ashbee, summing up the activities of the Pro-Jerusalem Society and its programs from 1918 to 1922. London, 1921–1924. English.
1. Jerusalem 1918-1920, Being the records of the Pro Jerusalem council during the period of the British military administration. London, 1921.
The book contains 79 photographs, sketches, and maps (plates). Among them: Two folded town planning schemes of Jerusalem, and many photographs of Jerusalem’s Old City.
XV, [1], 87, [1] pp., + plates, 28.5 cm. Good condition. Foxing. A few tears at the edges. Blemishes at the edges of the binding.
2. Jerusalem 1920-1922: Being the records of the Pro Jerusalem council during the first two years of the civil administration. London: 1924.
The book contains 69 photographs, sketches, and maps (plates). Among them: A folded color plan of the interior of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (each color marks an area held by a different Christian denomination), a folded zoning map of Jerusalem, sketches of the Talpiot neighborhood, photographs of the gates of the Old City, and more.
XVI, 109 pp. + plates, 28.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. A small number of folds and tears at the edges of the leaves. A bookplate and a paper sticker on the inside of the front cover. Blemishes to the edges of the binding.
The logo of the Pro-Jerusalem Society – which combines a Star of David, a cross, and a crescent, with the verse "Walk about Sion and go round about the towers thereof…" appears on the bindings of both books.
The Pro-Jerusalem Society, established in 1918 by Sir Ronald Storrs, the first British military governor of Jerusalem, operated in Jerusalem until the end of the British mandate. Its purpose was to develop Jerusalem while preserving its historical sites. Its many projects included the cleaning and restoration of the Tower of David, the renovation and restoration of ceramic tiles of the Dome of the Rock, the construction of public buildings, the preservation of historic structures, and the planting of trees in the city.

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