1852 Meyer Map of the World showing the Distribution of Plants
Description: This is a fine example of the 1852 map or chart showing the distribution of the most important cultivated plants around the world by Joseph Meyer. It depicts the distribution and limits of cultivation of the principal plants useful to mankind. Three insets are included along the lower border, detailing the regions of distributions of vanilla, tea, coffee, sugar, etc. The left and right border of the map proper is beautifully decorated with illustrations of various crops.
This map was issued as plate no. 92 in Meyer's Zeitung Atlas. Although all the maps in this atlas are not individually dated, the title page and maps were often updated while the imprint with the date was not, causing confusion to the exact date for some of the maps. Moreover some maps in the atlas were taped in at a later date as an update to the atlas. We have dated the maps in this collection to the best of our ability.
Date: 1852 (undated)
Source: Meyer, J., Meyer's Zeitung Atlas, 1852. Meyer's Zeitung Atlas, formally titled Neuster Zeitungs-Atlas Fuer Alte und Neue Erdkunde was a popular German hand-atlas published in Heidelberg by Joseph Meyer between, roughly, 1848 and 1859. The atlas is well engraved in the German style with exceptionally dense detail and minimal decoration. Meyer's Atlas, and its constituent maps, are typically very difficult to date as later editions often contain earlier maps and earlier editions later paste-in updates. That said, the atlas' frequent updates and publication run during a turbulent decade provide a noteworthy cartographic record of the period.
Cartographer: Joseph Meyer Click here for a list of rare maps by Jospeh Meyer.
Size: Printed area measures 11.5 x 8.5 inches (29.21 x 21.59 centimeters)
Scale: 1 : 185000000
Condition: Very good. Minor spotting at places. Blank on verso. Minor crease in lower right quadrant.
Code: Kulturgewachse-meyer-1852 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)