Auction 160, Lot 469

"[Lot of 2] Ethnographic Map of Europe According to Dr. Gustaf Kombst F.R.N.S.C., M.H.S.P.S., &c. [and] Ethnographic Map of Great Britain and Ireland, According to Dr. Gustaf Kombst, F.R.N.S.C; M.H.S.P.S; &c.", Johnston, W. & A.K.

Subject: Europe

Period: 1854 (circa)

Publication: Physical Atlas

Color: Printed Color

24 x 20 inches
61 x 50.8 cm

Nice pair of thematic maps from the English version of Heinrich Berghaus' Physikalischer Atlas, the first truly comprehensive thematic atlas. These are very early examples 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.

These two maps show detailed views of the ethnology of the region by Dr. Gustaf Kombst. The map of Europe shows 22 different ethnic groups covering the area from Scandinavia to Russia. The map of Great Britain displays 20 different ethnic groups and includes an inset of the Shetland and Orkney Islands at top. Both maps are surrounded in a keyboard style border.


Condition: B+

Both maps have a few centerfold separations that have been closed on verso with archival tape. There is faint color offsetting and a hint of toning along sheet edges.

Estimate: $100 - $130

Sold for: $75

Closed on 11/16/2016