1873 12.5 x 11.5 in (31.75 x 29.21 cm)
This superb map is a copperplate engraving, dating to 1873 by the famed German mapmaker Adolf Stieler, describing the Western hemisphere. All national and political boundaries are clearly outlined in vibrant color. Further, all notable mountains, swamps, passes, islands, and bodies of water are labeled. All labels are in German. This map is signed Gotha Justus Perthes and dated 1873. This stunning map is a copper platecolor engraving with a deep indicative platemark in the wide outer margins. It is exceedingly and precisely detailed. Each major region is carefully outlined in hand applied color washes. Stieler's maps, particularly those from the 1870s are renowned for their impressive attention to detail. Every aspect of the terrain, from mountains and river to political boundaries are precisely described. Some Stieler's map even indicate relative ocean depths and submarine geography. Printed on only the highest quality paper, Stieler's maps were made to last.
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.
Very good condition. Original centerfold. Blank on verso.