A rare German pocket map of the Charleston Area, showing both geographical and topographical detail. Augustus Petermann was one of the leading publishers of maps and contemporary travel and exploration accounts. This map was published at the beginning of the Civil War, along with several other regional American maps, to meet the demand for information in Germany about the American Civil War. The use of a printed cover on the verso of one of the panels of the map is a very rare feature in American maps. A good example, with some point splits and fold splits. Only the 2nd example we have seen in the past 12 years. A rare and interesting Civil War map.
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.