This is a beautiful example of the 1887 Tunison map of the Western Hemisphere. It covers from the Arctic Ocean and Greenland south as far as the Antarctica. The map is surrounded by flags of various countries, including the United States, Japan, egypt, Turkey, Russia, Tunis, New Zealand, among others. The lefts top and bottom quadrants depict the lengths of rivers and the altitudes of important cities respectively. The top right quadrant features a beautiful illustration of a Wharf Scene while the lower right quadrant features an illustration of the Royal Gorge in Colorado. Various important sea routes are noted. The map is color coded according to country and regional boundaries, however, the United States is color coded according to state boundaries. Various towns, cities, rivers and other topographical details are noted. Published as plate no. 8 in Tunison's Peerless Universal Atlas.
Henry Tunison (fl. c. 1886 – 1909) was a late 19th century American map publisher and businessman based in Illinois. Tunison published the Peerless Universal Atlas in various editions from 1886 to 1909. Unlike his competitors, the Rand McNally Company and George F. Cram, who printed low quality atlases using printed color, Tunison utilized old world publishing techniques and distinctively vivid hand color to drive the sales of his popular atlas. Because of this, Tunison’s maps, though late of period, remain desirable among collectors. Little is certain regarding Tunison’s early life; however, it may be one Henry Tunison whose family immigrated to Illinois from New Jersey in 1838.
Tunison, H., Tunison's Peerless Universal Atlas (Jacksonville, Illinois) 1887.
Very good. Map of St. Paul's Mission Journeys and illustration depicting Variations of the Earth's Surface on verso. Verso repair along right margin.