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Auction 189, Lot 29

"The Phenomena of Volcanic Action Showing the Regions Visited by Earthquakes and the Distribution of Volcanoes Over the Globe...", Johnston, W. & A.K.

Subject: World

Period: 1854 (dated)

Publication: The Physical Atlas of Natural Phenomena

Color: Hand Color

24.3 x 20 inches
61.7 x 50.8 cm
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Superb thematic map illustrating the distribution of volcanoes and earthquakes throughout the world. The central world map shows the regions and includes the dates of several large eruptions. Below are eleven inset maps showing detail of the principal areas of volcanic activity in Italy, Iceland, Central America, East Indies, Hawaii, Greek islands, India, the Caribbean, Canary Islands, New Zealand, and Santori. Beautifully hand colored with an excellent key.

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

Contemporary color on a sturdy sheet with light toning along the edges of the sheet.

Estimate: $140 - $170

Sold for: $110

Closed on 9/14/2022