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1838 Perthes Chart of the Rhine, Elbe, and Order Rivers


Die Deutschen Strome Rhein, Elbe; nach ihrem Verhalten Innerhalb Eines Jahres; gegrundet auf die Beobachtungen der Pegel zu Emmerich, Koln; Magdeburg, Dresden; Kustrin.
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Title:    Die Deutschen Strome Rhein, Elbe; nach ihrem Verhalten Innerhalb Eines Jahres; gegrundet auf die Beobachtungen der Pegel zu Emmerich, Koln; Magdeburg, Dresden; Kustrin.

Description:    This is an unusual 1838 statistical chart by H. Berghaus. Offers a wealth of statistical information on the Rhine, Elbe, and Oder Rivers. Published as part of Berghaus's, Physikalischer Atlas, a monumental work that evolved out of the 19th century's obsession with the collection and organization of raw data. Beautifully produced in the 19th century with beautiful delicate engraving work, high quality woven paper, and precise but minimalist color work.

Date:    1838 (dated)

Source:    Berghaus, H., Dr. Heinrich Berghaus' Physikalischer Atlas oder Sammlung von Karten, auf denen die hauptsachlichsten Erscheinungen der anorganischen und organischen Natur nach ihrer geographischen Verbreitung und Vertheilung bildlich dargestellt sind ... 1838. 1838.

References:    Rumsey 2515.026. Phillips (Atlases) 215. Robinson, A., Early Thematic Mapping p. 65-67.

Cartographer:    Justus Perthes (1749 - 1812) was one of the most important German cartographic engravers of the 19th century. Perthes began his publishing empire with the 1784 issue of the famed survey of European nobility known as the Almanac de Gotha. In 1817 Perthes switched his focus to cartographic publishing. From 1817 to 1890 the Perthes firm would issue thousands of maps for more than 20 different atlases. Along with the visionary editors Stieler, Peterman, Meyer and Spruner, the Perthes firm pioneered the Hand Atlas. He also produced a number of important wall maps and case maps. Perthes maps are admired for their steel plate engraving, incredible detail, dedication to accuracy, and fine colorization. The Justus Perthes firm continues to produce maps and atlases to this day. Click here for a list of rare maps from Justus Perthes.

Size:   Printed area measures 17 x 13 inches (43.18 x 33.02 centimeters)

Condition:    Very good. Blank on verso. Wide clean margins.

Code:   RheinElbeOder-perthes-1838 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)


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