Detailed map of the southern part of Alaska, from Skagway site to Cassiar, B.C. and the Inside Passage.
Shows details as far north as Lynn's Canal, the Muir Glacier, Gable Mountain, and Anvil Mountain in the interior, above Laketon. In the south, the map extends to Dixon Straits, Portland Inlet and the north coast of Graham Island. Only one entry in a dealer catalogue in the past 25 years (Fitch, 2002).
August Heinrich Petermann (1822-1878) is a renowned German cartographer of the nineteenth century. Petermann studied cartography at the Geographical Art-School in Potsdam before traveling to Edinburgh to work with Dr. A. Keith Johnston on an English edition of Berghaus’ Physical Atlas. Two years later he moved to London, where he made maps and advised exploratory expeditions as they set off to explore the interior of Africa and the Arctic.
In 1854, Petermann returned to Germany to be Director of the Geographical Institute of Justus Perthes in Gotha. There, he was the editor of the Geographische Mittheilungen and Stieler’s Handatlas. The Royal Geographical Society of London awarded him their Gold Medal in 1860. He continued his interest in exploration in Germany, fundraising for the German Exploring Expeditions of 1868 and 1869-70, which sought an open Arctic sea. Tragically, he committed suicide in 1878.