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1850 Meyer Comparative Chart of the World's Mountains


1850 Meyer Comparative Chart of the World's Mountains




Vergleichende Ubersicht bekannter Hohen und Orte der Erde uber der Meeres-Flache.
  1850 (undated)     9 x 10.5 in (22.86 x 26.67 cm)


This is an interesting c.1850 comparative chart of the world's mountains by Joseph Meyer. It identifies some 400 mountains drawn in proximity to one another and subdivided by continent. Dhaulagiri, in the Nepali Himalayas is identified as the world's greatest peak. The names and elevations of the various other peaks shown are identified textually at the base of the chart proper. Published in Meyer's Zeitung Atlas.


Joseph Meyer (May 9, 1796 - June 27, 1856) was a German industrialist and publisher, most notably for the encyclopedia Meyers Conversation-Lexicon. Born in Gotha, Germany, Meyer was educated as a merchant in Frankfurt am Main. He moved to London in 1816, but returned to Germany in a820 after his stock speculations and business adventures fell through. Once back in Germany, he began by investing in the textile trade (1820-24). Meyer began creating business plans concerning how to start railways soon after the first steam-hauled railway began operation in December 1835. He founded the Deutsche Eisenbahnschienen-Compangie auf Actien (German Railway Rail joint stock company) in 1845. Meyer also found great success as a publisher, utilizing the system of serial subscriptions to publications, a new idea for the time. He founded a company, Bibliographisches Institut in Gotha in 1825, which published several versions of the Bible, works of classical literature, atlases, the world in pictures on steel engravings, and an encyclopedia.


Meyer, J., Meyer's Zeitung Atlas, 1852.    


Very good. Original platemark visible. Minor spotting at places. Blank on verso.