By: Alexander K. Johnston
Date: 1856 (published) Edinburgh
Dimensions: 20 x 24 inches (51 x 61 cm)
This A.K. Johnston map focuses on the geographical distribution of rainfall primarily in Europe. 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 provides specific information concerning rainfall in Europe as far east as a portion of Russia, and in the south including the northern edge of Africa. Johnston used varying shades of grey to reflect the amount of precipitation, with darker areas denoting greater amounts. An inset map of the British Isles provides detailed information about rainfall in that region.
At the time of publication, Alexander Keith Johnston's Physical Atlas of Natural Phenomena was amongst the most comprehensive geographic works to focus on natural science. 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 faint offsetting is apparent but does not distract from the overall work.
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