By: Alexander K. Johnston
Date: 1856 (published) Edinburgh
Dimensions: 20 x 24 inches (51 x 61 cm)
This antique map depicts global distribution of birds of varying species and their distribution throughout the world. It is from the second edition of Johnston's Physical Atlas of Natural Phenomena, published out of Edinburgh by William Blackwood & Sons in 1856.
The map is divided thematically into two categories of aves, those living in the New World and those in the Old World, with images of various species on either side of the map. Within the image of the map itself Johnston listed names of myriad species, and indicates their habitat.
Alexander Keith Johnston's Physical Atlas of Natural Phenomena was amongst the most comprehensive geographic works focusing on natural science of its day. Johnston described the motivations and focus of his work in the preface as follows; The object originally contemplated in this work was to present, in a graphic form, a concise yet comprehensive view of the Physical Geography of the Globe, embracing under that term its superficial structure, the movements of its aerial and oceanic currents, and the distribution of organized existence on its surface.
Accompanying the map is the original letterpress description from the atlas the discusses in detail the methodology, science, and theory the went into the cartographic work.
Condition: Map is in A condition presenting an attractive and vivid imprint on heavy paper with full margins on all sides. Some light foxing is apparent, but does not distract from the overall work.
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