By: Alexander K. Johnston
Date: 1856 (published) Edinburgh
Dimensions: 20 x 24 inches (51 x 61 cm)
This is an antique zoological map which features several species of vertebrates 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 depicts animals in their habitat throughout the world and include 'Mammiferous Animals of the orders Quadrumana (monkeys & makis), Edentata (toothless animals), Marsupialia (pouched animals), and Pachydermata (thick skinned animals). Images of these animals are on both sides of the map depicting the places in which they occur.
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 exists in the top corners of the map border.
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