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Stock# 69165

Important early thematic mapping atlas produced as a joint effort of Reverend Thomas Milner and Augustus Petermann.

Thematic maps showing the meteorology, hydrography, zoology, botany, ethnography, and other aspects of the physical world.

The maps trace interesting phenomena such as the extent of the waves from the 1775 Lisbon earthquake.

Altogether an interesting and different 19th-century atlas.

Condition Description
Folio. Contemporary ½ brown morocco over marbled paper boards (backstrap somewhat defective, especially at the head and foot.) Engraved decorative title, title, text, and 15 hand-colored engraved plates, one with aquatinting. (Front flyleaf adhered and torn with loss, scattered foxing and offsetting.)
Phillips Atlases 6112; Robinson; Early Thematic Mapping.
Augustus Herman Petermann Biography

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.