|This hand-colored map of the distribution of plants appeared in one of the most extensive and detailed early thematic atlases: Berghaus' Physikalischer Atlas. The atlas contained 90 maps in eight categories — meteorology and climatography, hydrology and hydrography, geology, earth magnetism, botanical geography, zoological geography, anthropography, and ethnography — many more subjects than had previously been treated in early nineteenth-century thematic atlases. Berghaus provided extensive explanations, notes to the maps (covering sources, theory, and history), tables, graphs, pictorial profiles, and other descriptive tools. The elaborate||vertical vegetation profiles at the top of the map had become common
by the time the atlas was published. Dr. Heinrich Berghaus' Physikalischer
Atlas, 2 vols. (Gotha: Justus Perthes, 1845-48), 5th Abteilung, Pflanzengeographie,
volume 1, plate 1.
Size of the original: 36 x 46 cm.
By permission of the Arthur H. Robinson Map Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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