Catalog Archive
Auction 118, Lot 46

"Tabula Mundi Geographico Zoologica sistens Quadrupedes hucusque notos sedibus suis adscriptos", Zimmerman, Eberhard A.W.

Subject: World

Period: 1783 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

26.5 x 19.2 inches
67.3 x 48.8 cm

This is an uncommon thematic world map depicting the geographical distribution of quadrupeds. The large chart is presented on Mercator's projection and shows an early form of Alaska, a massive Baffin Bay and a still incomplete Australia with Tasmania attached to the mainland. This is the first thematic map of zoological geography. While limited to only putting the names of animals in their proper place, rather than portraying the distribution, it marks a significant step in thematic cartography. Finely engraved with a decorative title cartouche.


Condition: A+

Estimate: $900 - $1,000

Sold for: $650

Closed on 3/6/2007