Auction 137, Lot 889

"The Physical Atlas of Natural Phenomena", Johnston, Alexander K.

Subject: Atlases, Geology

Period: 1856 (dated)


Color: Printed Color

15 x 23 inches
38.1 x 58.4 cm

This is a magnificent example of the enlarged second edition of the Physical Atlas of Natural Phenomena (the first edition was produced in 1848). This is the English version of Heinrich Berghaus' Physikalischer Atlas, 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 on the graphic portrayal of geographical data on thematic maps. Complete with 139 pp. of text, 35 double-page plates and 7 text plates. The atlas is packed with information on a host of topics including geology, hydrography, meteorology, botany, natural history and ethnology. The 35 double-page plates include 11 on geology, 6 on hydrology, 6 on meteorology, 2 botanical plates, 6 on zoology and 4 on ethnology. Among the noteworthy maps are "Geological and paleontological map of the British Islands" by Edward Forbes, a "Geological map of the United States and British North America" by H.D. Rogers and a "Geological map of Europe" by R.I. Murchison and James Nicol. Hardbound in original half calf and pebbled cloth, rebacked with black leather title label with gilt lettering. Contains the original marbled endpapers with all edges gilt.

***Extra shipping charges will apply outside of the United States due to its size and weight***


Condition: A

Aside from some light soiling and foxing to the title page, the text pages and plates are mostly clean and bright on thick paper. The hinges are solid and binding firm. The covers are well preserved with a few professionally repaired splits to the cloth on the front cover. The spine is in excellent condition and calf corners have been restored.

Estimate: $2,400 - $2,750

Sold for: $1,800

Closed on 9/14/2011