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1864 Justus Perthes Comparative Mountains of the World Chart


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Title:    Die becannteren Hoehen uber der Meeres Flache in Transparenten Profilen.

Description:    This German comparative mountains chart or map was issued by publisher Justus Perthes in 1864 and represents a style that evolved independently in Germany between 1840 and 1870. In this example mountains are shown in a transparent profile with multiple ranges overlapping. While the chart focuses on the Alps, which would have been significant to the Perthes audience, it also incorporates the mountains of America, Africa, and Asia, as well as the Caucuses, Scotland and England. While this excessively complex style of rendering comparative elevation never caught on outside of Germany, its sophisticated use of profile may have had an impact on the early 20th century comparative global elevation profiles that adorn the base of many modern school maps. Published by Justus Perthes in 1864 as plate no. 10 in Stieler's Hand Atlas.

Date:    1864 (dated)

Source:    Stieler, A., Stieler's Hand Atlas, 1864 edition.

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 12 in height x 15 inches in width (30.48 x 38.1 centimeters)

Condition:    Very good condition. Blank on verso.

Code:   ComparativeMountains-perthes-1864 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)

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