1957 Westermann Pictorial Wall Map of Antarctica and the South Pole

Nr. 570 Südpolargebiet Landtierleben und Forschung. - Main View

1957 Westermann Pictorial Wall Map of Antarctica and the South Pole


Penguins and whales! And maybe the Endurance?


Nr. 570 Südpolargebiet Landtierleben und Forschung.
  1957 (undated)     46.5 x 35.5 in (118.11 x 90.17 cm)     1 : 9000000


This is a c. 1957 Westermann Verlag pictorial wall map of Antarctica. Many species of penguins, whales, and seals populate the continent. Icebergs fill the sea, while seabirds, including albatross and skuas, soar in the skies. Sailing ships spanning centuries of exploration ply the surrounding waters, including a vessel resembling those used by Sir Francis Drake or Jacob Le Maire when rounding Cape Horn. One of the others may be the Endurance Ernest Shackleton's long lost (and recently found!) vessel. International flags stake claims and chronicle Antarctic exploration, heralding the successes of Norway's Roald Amundsen, Britain's Robert Falcon Scott, and the U.S.'s Richard Byrd. French flags surround the French Dumont d'Urville Station, a scientific station in southeastern Antarctica. Established on January 12, 1956, the station remains in active use today and can accommodate 120 people during the summer and thirty over the winter months.
Publication History and Census
This map was published by Westermann Verlag c. 1957. This map is not cataloged in OCLC.


Westermann Verlag (Westermann Publishing) (1838 - Present) is a German publishing firm founded by Georg Westermann (February 23, 1810 - September 7, 1879) in Braunschweig. After Georg died, several generations of Westermann operated the business until the 'Westermann Druck-und Verlagsgruppe was acquired by the Medien-Union in 1986. They still published the Carl Diercke Schul-Atlas for use in schools and also have products that use or are related to Google Earth, globes, and 3-D technology More by this mapmaker...

Georg (George) Westermann (February 23, 1810 - September 7, 1879) was a German publisher and the founder of Westermann Verlag, based in Braunschweig, which still exists to this day and publishes as part of the Westermann Group. Born in Leipzig, Westermann attended the Humanistic Gymnasium Albertina in Freiberg before moving to Brunswick to work as an apprentice to a book publisher and seller in 1827. He founded his own publishing bookstore in Braunschweig in 1838 and married Blanca Vieweg on November 29th of that year. Westermann expanded his operation in 1845 by acquiring his own printing works, which he later supplemented with a lithographic machine, steam-powered letterpresses, and a bookbindery. After Westermann died in 1879, his son Friedrich took over the business. Learn More...


Very good. Exhibits some minor edge wear. Minor closed tear in upper right corner professionally repaired on verso. Attached to original rollers.