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Justus Perthes: West Tasmania nach Charles Gould

Map: AUNZ2843
 
Cartographer: Justus Perthes
Title: West Tasmania nach Charles Gould
Date: 1865
Published: Gotha
Width: 8 inches / 21 cm
Height: 10 inches / 26 cm
Map ref: AUNZ2843
Description:
Detailed map of western Tasmania showing the goldfields discovered around Macquarie Harbour. Based on surveys by Charles Gould, the first Geological Surveyor of Tasmania (1859-69). Gould's depot at the mouth of the King River is marked on the map. Hills and mountains are attractively shaded, and several projected roads into the interior are also indicated. A large inset shows the whole of Tasmania.

The Geographische Mitteilungen, in which this map was originally published, is the oldest German language geographical journal - its first issue was in 1855 and it finally closed its doors in 2004. The magazine was conceived and edited by August Heinrich Petermann and published by the venerable firm of Justus Perthes in Gotha, Germany.

Its first article reported on an expedition into North Africa and the Sahara by Heinrich Barth and Adolf Overweg. This report was enough to secure a circulation of 4000 for the fledgling magazine and, more importantly, encouraged other important scientist-explorers of the day who were attracted by the magazine’s heavy scientific emphasis to send in their own reports. These included Hans Meyer, the first man to ascend the Kibo crater on Mount Kilimanjaro, Sven Hedin, the Swedish explorer of Central Asia and the Himalayas, and Alfred Wegener, the geoscientist who pioneered the theory of continental shift which led to the modern theory of plate tectonics.

In comparison to its contemporaries, such as the Geographical Journal of the Royal Geographical Society, the Mitteilungen had a far greater interest in ethnography and the physical and natural sciences, leading to the inclusion of many fascinating, but sometimes obscure, maps on the most recent theories related to climatology, meteorology, botany, and zoology.

Printed colour. [AUNZ2843]