Large format detailed map of portions of Ethiopia and Sudan, extending inlands to Khartum and the Nile as far south as Sennar and as far north as El Ragarah. Shows the various routes of explorers in the late 18th and 19th Centuries, including Bruce, Burchardt, Coilliaud, Mehehmet-Beg, Corribes, Russegar, Werne, Mansfield Parkyns, Guiseppe Sapeto, Malza u Vayssiere, Heugin and Reitz, Hamilton and Didier, Hansan, Dcourval, Munzinger and Thurheim, along with extensive notes along the various routes. Augustus Petermann published a series of works in the mid to late 19th Century which compiled many maps of scientific travel and exploration. In most cases, the original maps are nearly impossible to attain, making Petermann's works highly collectable.
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.