Botany Trees pictorial cartography 1856 diagram huge printed chart color scarceBrian DiMambro- Antique & Vintage Maps, Prints, Books & Gold Coins
U.S. Pacific Rail Road Exploration & Survey. War Department.
Botanical Profile, Representing the Forest Trees Along the Route Explored by Lieut A.W. Whipple, Corps of Topl. Engrs. Near the Parallel of 35 Degrees North Latitude. 1853-1854. From Fort Smith to San Pedro. Prepared by J.M. Bigelow, M.D. Botanist to the Expedition.
(Pictorial cartography in 19th century- Natural History on maps- charts- Scientific mapping- Botany- Trees).
Issued c. 1854-56, Philadelphia. Lithographed by Wagner & McGuigan.
Beautiful and monumental mid-19th century antique pictorial diagram chart, with detailed original hand color.
A remarkable image within the history of American natural history printed on paper within the United States.
Appears to be based on Humboldt's then recent scientific and climatological related representational inquiries and methodologies; here, dozens of different tree species are individually identified and then methodically located by precise elevation and longitude across the county.
This keen awareness and visual charting of natural history in diagrams and on maps was much in vogue during this period, and this outstanding and remarkably large chart breaks ground for the first time in the U.S. and is among the largest of the era.
Light uniform paper age toning, original fold lines, remaining clean - a pleasing and well preserved visual example.
Sheet measures c. 23" x 48 1/2".
Printed area measures c. 20 1/2" x 46 1/2".
Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers, v. 4.