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Auction 115, Lot 35

"Geographical Distribution of Indigenous Vegetation... [on sheet with] Map of Schouws Phyto-Geographic Regions with the Distribution of Plants…", Johnston, Alexander K.

Subject: World

Period: 1854 (dated)

Publication: Physical Atlas

Color: Printed Color

23.3 x 19.5 inches
59.2 x 49.5 cm

This large map is a superb example of thematic mapping with various colors and diagrams used to illustrate the distribution of plants throughout the world. The chart at top provides a graphic display of the type of indigenous vegetation in the major mountain regions of the world. At bottom is a map of the world with the distribution of plants depicted through the use of color. This handsome chart is from the English version of Heinrich Berghaus' Physikalischer Atlas, which resulted in the first truly comprehensive thematic atlas. It is a very early example of printed color, the development of which made a huge impact on cartography in general and specifically the graphic portrayal of geographical data on thematic maps.

References: Phillips (A) #225; Robinson, pp. 64-67.

Condition: A

Minor repairs on marginal fold separations.

Estimate: $180 - $230

Sold for: $190

Closed on 6/21/2006