KIEPERT, Heinrich (1818-1899). Kiepert’s grosser Hand-Atlas…Statistischer Text von Dr. Paul Lippert und M. Busemann. Dritte Auflage. Berlin: Geographische Verlagshandlung Dietrich Reimer, [c. 1895].
Folio, (20 1/8 x 13 1/8 inches). 45 double-page chromolithographed maps. Handsome binding of modern half green morocco, original publisher’s green cloth boards, gilt.
Provenance: With the bookplate of Christopher Henry Beaumont Pease, Lord Wardington (1924-2005), his sale, Sotheby’s, October 18, 2005.
Third edition, first published in 1893. Includes 45 beautifully chromolithographed double-page maps, showing the current political boundaries throughout the world. This atlas features several interesting maps of the Americas and Australia. One map of the United States delineates the various states and territories with colored outlines, but incorrectly identifies Alaska as a state rather than a territory. A map of the “Continent of Australia and New Zealand” identifies the various regions as “Englische Colonien,” “Französische,” “Niederländische,” “Portugiesische,” and “Deutsche.” Another shows “Eastern North America” with insets of the “Northeastern States” (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland) and Niagara.
Kiepert is widely recognized as one of the more important scholarly cartographers of the second half of the nineteenth century. He was particularly interested in the historical geography of the classical world as well as the Ottoman Empire, “where Kiepert travelled numerous times, gathering enough data to produce several major maps of the Ottoman world between the 1840s and 1890s. Kiepert was also responsible for some of the first detailed ethnic maps of Germany, Austria-Hungary, and the Balkan Peninsula. In the course of many years, he compiled maps of much of the rest of the world as well, in addition to cartographic materials for schools…
“Kiepert’s maps are almost invariably clear and easy to read, and they are as accurate as the scholarship of the day permitted. His maps of the historical geography of the classical world have inevitably come to seem a bit old-fashioned in light of later research, but his maps of the Ottoman Empire and surrounding countries remain extraordinarily valuable records of conditions in the period when they were compiled” (University of Chicago Map Collection online). Phillips, Atlases 817.