Rare atlas: Berghaus, Heinrich; Berghaus' Physikalischer Atlas. 1887-1892

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Berghaus, Heinrich; Berghaus' Physikalischer Atlas. (Bergundet 1836 durch Henrich Berghaus.) Dritte Ausgabe. 75 Karten in Sieben Abteilungen,...Geologie, Hydrographie, meteorologie, Erdmagnetismus, Pflanzenverbreitung, Tierverbreitung und Volkerkunde. Vollstandig neu bearbeitet und unter Mitwirkung von Dr. Oscar Drude, Dr. Georg Gerland, Dr. Julius Hann, Dr. William Marshall, Dr. Georg Neumayer, Dr. Karl v. Zittel.  Gotha, Justus Perthes, 1887-1892.  Folio (15" x 10.5"), pp. main title page, viii, 2nd title page dated 1891 (Geology), 7, 15 double page colored geology maps. 3rd title page dated 1891 (Hydrographie), 5, colored maps 16-26. 4th title page dated 1887 (Meteorologie), 12, colored maps 27-38. 5th title page dated 1887 (Erdmagnetismus), 20, colored maps 39-43. 6th title page dated 1887 (Pfanzenverbreitung), 6, colored maps 44-51. 7th title page dated 1887 (Tierverbreitung), 10, maps, some colored 52-60. 8th title page dated 1892 (Volkerkunde), 15, colored maps 61-75). A total of 75 double page maps.

The atlas is complete and is in a contemporary half calf over pebbled cloth with gilt cover and spine titles. The binding is tight, just starting at inner front hinge. Restoration to upper and lower spine margins. The text and maps are very clean with a very small amount of underlining in one text section, owners name penned to upper outer corner of main title page. Over all a very good copy of the complete Berghaus atlas.


Heinrich Berghaus (1797-1884) was a German geographer most famous for his cartographical work. His greatest achievement was the "Physikalischer Atlas". The atlas was first published in parts between 1838-1848 and was to be used in part in Humboldt's "Cosmos". The atlas was a monumental achievement and is considered the first comprehensive physical atlas of the world. The atlas was in constant demand and was to be reprinted several times but in parts. Thus complete copies of the atlas are rare.