1846 Lowenberg Whimsical Map of Australia
Description: A delightfully whimsical 1846 map of Australia, from a German kinderatlas or children's atlas. The map covers the entire continent of Australia (then known as New Holland) including the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii), Caroline Islands, New Zealand and New Guinea. The whole is surrounded by a wide border featuring charming vignettes meant to illustrate the peoples and cultures of the region. These include kangaroos, an emu, two portraits on either side of the map of aboriginal Australians hunters, the bust of James Cook on the top left corner, and a bust of Pomare on the top right corner of the map. The map is accompanied by its adjacent page, which includes a poetic history of Australia in German gothic type. The wonderful and rare map was drawn by Anst. V A. Boeden of Berlin for inclusion as plate no. XXI in the 1846 issue of Julius Loewenberg's Geographische Landerfibel.
Date: 1846 (undated)
Source: Lowenberg, J., Geographische Landerfibel, (Berlin: Stern & C.) 1846.
Cartographer: Julius Loewenberg (1800 - December 12, 1893) was a German Jewish printer, geographer, and author active in Berlin during the middle part of the 19th century. Loewenberg was born in the Duchy of Posen. He attended Yeshiva in Kleczewo (Poland) and graduated to the Protestant Gymnasium of Thorn before moving on to study Christian theology and geography at the Universtiy of Berlin. His works include various atlases, histories, and several translations of the works of Alexander von Humboldt, with whom he was apparently close. Loewenberg died in a Jewish retirement home in Berlin. Click here for a list of rare maps by Julius Loewenberg.
Size: Printed area measures 6.5 x 5.5 inches (16.51 x 13.97 centimeters)
Condition: Very good. Even overall toning. Blank on verso. Minor stains over at a few places, including over the Sandwich Islands.
Code: Australia-lowenberg-1846 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)