Excerpt from Traveling in the Holy Land Through the Stereoscope
It is the recognition of these two great facts that has determined the nature of this book. If stereographs are life-size spaces of three dimensions to the eyes, they Should be recognized as such and used as such... . And if they may be to a greater or less degree, according as we use them, the realities to us, then they should be treated so as to make them realities as far as possible.
And it seems the more we treat them as places, as Palestine itself, the more they become the same to us. Accordingly in the following pages are given such maps and information as will make this small volume serve the purpose of a guide-book, and at the same time, as I said at the beginning, I have tried to serve in it as a personal guide, saying everything in such a way as to constantly help and lead us to make this tour, to visit these stereographed scenes, as a tourist visits the actual scenes in Palestine. It will be found that on this stereoscopic tour one is carried to all the more important places in Palestine, and in the same order that a tourist might visit them; and in the more important sections the stereographed scenes are so connected that you may move from one position to another in such a way as to really make it a continuous journey. I urge upon all who have not actually visited Palestine, to give the closest attention to the maps and the descriptions, with the purpose of always keeping their bearings as they move from one place to another.
Finally, we have Space for only a word on the impor tance of the land of Palestine, why we need to know it intimately, why we should stand in the very presence of its hills and valleys.
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