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Auction 192, Lot 29

"Distribution of Heat Over the Globe", Johnston, W. & A.K.

Subject: World

Period: 1855 (circa)

Publication: The Physical Atlas of Natural Phenomena

Color: Printed Color

24.3 x 19.9 inches
61.7 x 50.5 cm
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This large map is a superb example of thematic mapping with a series of maps used to illustrate the distribution of heat throughout the world. The maps show isothermal lines of mean annual temperature, lines of isabnormal mean annual temperature, and isothermals in the months of January and July. The isothermal and isabnormal lines are also shown in north and south polar projections.

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 - $170

Sold for: $375

Closed on 4/26/2023