Paris (Dec. 30)
Thirty years ago a little Armenian boy came to Turkey and found refuge there in an Alliance Israelite School, where he was raised and educated. Today a special commission of which Baron Edmund Rothschild is honorary president will publish a Palestine Atlas containing rare maps and items of scholarly importance, compiled by Commander Khanzadian, Captain-Commander in the French Navy and League of Nations expert on Mosul territory, who was that Armenian boy. Capt. Khanzadian, feeling that he had a debt of gratitude to the Jewish nation for his upbringing, chose this way of paying it. During his many years in Palestine as Inspector-General of the the Turkey Navy, he devoted himself to a thorough study of Palestine economics, geography, and topography, with the view of preparing a Palestine atlas which should give most exact scientific data of the Jewish National Home in the past and present. Assisted by Baron Edmund Rothschild, he completed the Atlas this week. A single copy of the work will cost $400, as it contains luxurious maps and graphic illustrations, giving much rare data on Palestine, including an Ethno-geographical account of the country in Moses’ time, geographic material from the Talmud, and maps from famous Jewish travellers such as Benjamin of Tudela, Samuel Bar Simson, and Ishaki Helo.
There is a series of admirable marine maps of the crusades, maps designed by the Jews of Majorca and of Catalonia, bringing back vividly and artistically the curious and picturesque in Palestine history. The Atlas is being distributed by a special commission of which Justin Godart, ex-secretary of state of France, is Chairman, and Baron Edmund Rothschild is honorary president.