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Auction 128, Lot 52

"Map of the Distribution of Marine Life illustrated chiefly by Fishes, Molluscs & Radiata; Showing also…the Homoizoic Belts…", Johnston, W. & A.K.

Subject: World

Period: 1854 (dated)

Publication: The Physical Atlas

Color: Printed Color

24 x 19 inches
61 x 48.3 cm
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This large map is a superb example of thematic mapping with various colors and diagrams used to illustrate the distribution of marine life. This 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+

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $90

Closed on 5/20/2009