Catalog Archive
Auction 187, Lot 30

"Geographical Divisions & Distribution of Carnivora (Carnivorous Animals) from the Latest Authorities", Johnston, W. & A.K.

Subject: World

Period: 1855 (circa)

Publication: The Physical Atlas of Natural Phenomena

Color: Hand Color

23.9 x 19 inches
60.7 x 48.3 cm
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This thematic map shows the distribution, density and types of carnivores found around the world. The darker shading represents regions that are more densely populated with carnivores, and the colored lines indicate the areas in which a specific family of carnivores can be found, which are outlined in a table at top left. Each continent (or region) includes a table with a synopsis of the species to be found, with numbers indicating the density of each. An additional map at bottom of the northern hemisphere details the regions inhabited by "fur-bearing animals" and areas known for whale and seal fishing. The vignettes in the bottom corners of the sheet show the carnivores found in the New World and in the Old World, and the graphic mountain chart both illustrates and lists the types of carnivores found at various elevations.

Keith Johnson worked in conjunction with German Heinrich Berghaus to produce the Physical Atlas, the first truly comprehensive thematic atlas. The maps from this atlas made a huge impact on cartography in general and specifically on the graphic portrayal of geographical data.

References: Robinson, pp. 64-75.

Condition: A

Clean and bright with light toning along the edges of the sheet.

Estimate: $140 - $180

Sold for: $100

Closed on 4/27/2022