Auction 150, Lot 37

"Map of the World. Delineating the Contrasted Longitudinal and Latitudinal Forms of the Continents…", Gilpin, William

Subject: World

Period: 1873 (circa)


Color: Printed Color

37.9 x 12.1 inches
96.3 x 30.7 cm

This map of the world is centered on North America and shows the "isothermal zodiac," based upon Alexander von Humboldt, in bright pink. Gilpin's primary motivation in creating this map was to demonstrate how America and Asia could be linked by railroad via the Bering Strait. This was part of a greater plan to build a "cosmopolitan railway" linking the entire world by railway.

References: Howes #G192.

Condition: B

Issued folding with a few fold separations closed on verso with archival tape and light to moderate toning along the folds.

Estimate: $140 - $170

Sold for: $85

Closed on 9/17/2014