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

RheinElbeOder-perthes-1838
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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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1838 Perthes Chart of the Rhine, Elbe, and Order Rivers

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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.
  1838 (dated)    13 x 17 in (33.02 x 43.18 cm)

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.

Cartographer


Johan Georg Justus Perthes (September 11, 1749 - May 2, 1816) was one of the most important German cartographic engravers of the 19th century. He was born in the Thuringian town of Rudolstadt, the son of a court physician. In 1778, he began working as a bookseller in Gotha. Perthes began his publishing empire shortly thereafter with the 1784 issue of the famed survey of European nobility known as the Almanac de Gotha. In the next year, 1785, he founded the cartographic firm of Justus Perthes Geographische Anstalt Gotha. His son Wilhelm Perthes (1793 - 1853) joined the firm in 1814. Wilhelm had prior publishing experience at the firm of Justus Perthes' nephew, Friedrich Christoph Perthes, who ran a publishing house in Hamburg. After Justus Perthes died in 1816, Wilhelm took charge and laid the groundwork for the firm to become a cartographic publishing titan. From 1817 to 1890. the Perthes firm issued thousands of maps and more than 20 different atlases. Along with the visionary editors Hermann Berghaus (1797 - 1884), Adolph Stieler (1775 - 1836), and Karl Spruner (1803 - 1892), the Perthes firm pioneered the Hand Atlas. When Wilhelm retired, management of the firm passed to his son, Bernhardt Wilhelm Perthes (1821 – 1857). Bernhardt brought on the cartographic geniuses August Heinrich Peterman (1822 - 1878) and Bruno Hassenstein (1839 - 1902). The firm was subsequently passed to a fourth generation in the form of Berhanrd Perthes (1858 – 1919), Bernhard Wilhelm's son. The firm continued in the family until 1953 when, being in East Germany, it was nationalized and run as a state-owned enterprise as VEB Hermann Haack Geographisch-Kartographische Anstalt Gotha. The Justus family, led by Joachim Justus Perthes and his son Wolf-Jürgen Perthes, relocated to Darmstadt where they founded the Justus Perthes Geographische Verlagsanstalt Darmstadt.

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.    

Condition


Very good. Blank on verso. Wide clean margins.

References


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