Mappemonde Hypsometrique


Attractive double hemisphere map showing the approximate heights around the world.

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This bold steel engraved map shows a colorful overview of the world in the late 19th century. The ‘hypsometrique’ (hypsometric) in the title refers to the scientific measurement of heights. Each shade corresponds to a different average height, according to the legend in the lower center.

In addition to the (questionable) scientific data, the toponyms and geographic information provide a fascinating snapshot of contemporary geographic comprehension. Fictitious mountain ranges in Africa, uncharted coasts in Antarctica, and dozens of Pacific Islands all make an appearance within the image.

Drawn by A. Bixet and engraved by L. Smith. Edited under the direction of J. Migeon and published in Paris by Charles Lacoste in 1890.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1890

Author: J. Migeon

Sheet Width (in): 20.1

Sheet Height (in): 15.1

Condition: A

Condition Description: Faintly toned along the outer edges of the page, but otherwise in fine condition.


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