London, William Blackwood & Sons, 1856. Broadside. Oblong elephant folio (55.5 x 66.4 cm). Lithographed.
A magnificent chart, subdivided in several maps, views, and scenic illustrations related to reptiles and their geographical distribution. Designed by the Scottish cartographer Alexander Keith Johnston (1804-1871) and the German cartographer Augustus Heinrich Petermann (1822-1878), who promoted thematical maps, such as this one, and founded the leading geographical and cartographical journal of the second half of the 19th century and first decades of the 20th century, titled Petermann's Geographische Mittheilungen. This map published in Johnston's The physical atlas of natural phenomena. Vertical fold, as always. A few short, marginal tears, with some repairs, otherwise a very good, unmarked copy. Cat. BM(NH) p. 937.