Atlas of the continent of Africa, with the large map divided into 10 sections, together with two supplemental maps, one depicting ethnography and the division of indigenous cultures, the other providing an overview of the topography of the entire continent, each map backed on linen, and each with a small printed map affixed to one side for identification. Some minor scattered staining, overall very good. Sml. folio, maps fold out to approx. 23" x 28". Illustrated boards portfolio, contents loose as issued.some splitting along spine, bumping to extremities. Third edition. Gotha, Germany (Justus Perthes) 1892. This atlas of Africa was developed to commemorate the centennial of the Justus Perthes publishing house, founded in 1785, and to celebrate the Berlin Conference of 1884-1885, also known as the Congo or West African Conference., when public interest in Africa was at an all-time high. Habenicht used a range of sources to compile his maps, including sea charts, official surveys, explorers' itineraries, and information gained from the indigenous peoples. The emphasis placed on Western sources over indigenous, however, led to the inclusion of some non-existent features. The maps were originally issued in installments, and were updated and reissued in 1885, 1887, and 1892. (Inventory #: 48386)
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