Vereins¬ Staaten vor Nord Amerika und Mexico.
1862 8 x 10 in (20.32 x 25.4 cm)
This fascinating 1862 map by Justus Perthes and Stieler depicts the United States, Mexico and the West Indies. Made at the height of the Civil War, this map separates the Union and Confederate States. The Union is Blue – as is the whole. The Confederate states are pink. Undeclared states and territories are depicted in Yellow. In cartographic flourish unique to Perthes, land profiles decorate the bottom of the map. All text is in German. Unlike other cartographic publishers of the period, the Justus Perthes firm, did not transition to lithographic printing techniques. Instead, all of his maps are copper plate engravings and hence offer a level of character and depth of detail that was impossible to find in lithography or wax-process engraving. Issued in the 1862 edition of Stieler's Schul-Atlas.
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.
Fine or perfect condition. Margins wide and clean. Blank on verso.