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1856 Comparative Views of Remarkable Geological Phenomena

1856 Comparative Views of Remarkable Geological Phenomena

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By: Alexander K. Johnston

Date: 1856 (published) Edinburgh

Dimensions: 20 x 24 inches (51 x 61 cm)

This interesting map features volcanoes in various places throughout the world. The map was published in the 2nd edition of Johnston's Physical Atlas of Natural Phenomena, out of Edinburgh by William Blackwood & Sons in 1856.

This highly detailed sheet features nine maps, plus charts and illustrations. The focus is on volcanoes, including active,  dormant and extinct. Specifically there are insets depicting the Craters of Vesuvius and Etna, a map of the Island of Teneriffe, the ancient extinct volcano in Edinburgh called Arthur's Seat, a Plan of Graham Island, Plan of the Volcanoes of Pichincha and Antisana, etc. The information was gathered from a variety of sources including scientific reports and surveys from the 1830s.

Alexander Keith Johnston's Physical Atlas of Natural Phenomena was one 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 that discusses in detail the methodology, science, and theory used for creating and publishing cartographic work such as this. 

Condition: Map is in A+ condition presenting an attractive and vivid imprint on heavy paper with full margins on all sides. Some faint offsetting is apparent.

Inventory #12562

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