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Auction 191, Lot 29

"Map of the Geographical Distribution of the Most Important Plants Yielding Food, Including the Cultivated Grains and Other Cultivated and Wild Bread Plants…", Johnston, W. & A.K.

Subject: World

Period: 1854 (dated)

Publication: The Physical Atlas of Natural Phenomena

Color: Printed Color

24.4 x 19.9 inches
62 x 50.5 cm
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This large map is a superb example of thematic mapping with various colors and diagrams used to illustrate agriculture throughout the world. Through color, the map illustrates the regions where primary grains are produced. Several smaller inset maps show the distribution of spices, fruit, and other principal food plants.

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. The atlas is a very early example of printed color, the development of which made a huge impact on cartography in general and specifically the graphic portrayal of geographical data on thematic maps.

References: Phillips (Atlases) #225; Robinson, pp. 64-67.

Condition: A

Clean and bright with a short centerfold separation at top, light toning along the edges of the sheet, and small dampstains in the bottom margin.

Estimate: $140 - $170

Sold for: $200

Closed on 2/8/2023