[Untitled Rivers and Mountains Comparison Chart]
1811 (undated) 7 x 9 in (17.78 x 22.86 cm)
A colorful and playful example of the genre of 'maps' that lay rivers side by side, and mountains side by side, for purposes of comparing their sizes. Mountains are grouped by Eastern and Western Hemisphere. Though difficult to date with precision, this chart is without a doubt one of the earliest examples of the comparative mountains genras and was certainly inspired by the world of Humboldt, with whom Bertuch was undoubtably acquainted. This chart is from Friedrich Justin Bertuch's c. 1811 Bilderbuch für Kinder enthaltend eine angenehme Sammlung von Thieren, Pflanzen, Blumen, Früchten, Mineralien, Trachten.
Friedrich Johann Justin Bertuch (September 30 1747 - April 3 1822) was a German publisher and patron of the arts. He co-founded the Fürstliche freie Zeichenschule Weimar with the painter Georg Melchior Kraus in 1776. Bertuch was a known acquaintance of both Goethe and Humboldt. He was the father of the writer and journalist Karl Bertuch.
Bertuch, F. J., Bilderbuch für Kinder enthaltend eine angenehme Sammlung von Thieren, Pflanzen, Blumen, Früchten, Mineralien, Trachten, (Weimar) c. 1811.
Very good. Blank on verso. Accompanied by descriptive text in German and French.