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OLIPHANT, Laurence.

The Land of Gilead, with Excursions in the Lebanon.

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Edinburgh and London, William Blackwood and Sons, 1881

First edition of this work, dedicated to HRH The Princess Christian, thanking her for supporting 'the author's efforts to promote Jewish colonisation in Palestine'.

Laurence Oliphant (1829-1888) was a Member of Parliament, a South African-born British author, traveller, diplomat, British intelligence agent, Christian mystic and a Christian Zionist. Around 1878 Oliphant, caught up in a wave of Western concern that Russia intended to conquer the Middle East, devised his 'Plan for Gilead' under which Britain was to develop a Jewish agricultural colony 'in the northern and more fertile half of Palestine'. Oliphant enlisted the approval of Prime Minister Disraeli, who was a supporter of the Zionist idea; Foreign Minister Salisbury, the Prince of Wales and the novelist George Eliot were also among the supporters of the initiative. Large numbers of Christian believers in the United States and England also supported that plan. Oliphant set sail in 1879 to investigate the conditions

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First edition. 8vo, (22.8 x 14.5 cm) publishers blue cloth illuminated boards, with blind-tooled ornaments in gilt, silver and black to front cover and spine. Floral-patterned green endpapers. 9 engraved illustrations including frontispiece, 2 colour maps (one of which folding, with a closed tear to top). Original cloth. xxxviii, 538, 4 pp. A fine copy.


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