BAEDEKER, Karl. Palestine and Syria with routes through Mesopotamia and Babylonia and the Island of Cyprus. Leipzig, Karl Baedeker, 1912.
Small 8vo. Original publisher’s cloth lettered in gold at spine and upper board; pp. civ, 462 with 21 maps, 56 plans and a panorama of Jerusalem; backstrip slightly faded very light marking to cloth; a very nice, bright copy.
Fifth edition, remodelled and augmented, the best and last before the end of the Ottoman Empire. The section on travelling in Mesopotamia, to be approached from the North, is almost 20 pages long and very early in the history of tourism in what was later to become Iraq. Lebanon, so much more accessible, features as well with maps and plans in this guidebook. The information and maps were so good that British Army topographical manuals used material from this Baedeker when Britain was put in charge of Mandate Palestine in 1918.