|Method||Steel engraved with original hand colour|
|Published||Geo. Aikman Sculpt. [London, c.1846]|
|Dimensions||257 x 366 mm|
A comparative chart of the world's mountains and rivers, from 'Black's General Atlas of the World.' The map utilises a clever schematic approach to charting distance and size, pioneered by William Gardner in 1823, and much copied thereafter. The world's principal mountains are arranged in ascending height order from left to right, mirrored by the rivers which appear, left to right, in descending order by length. At the time of publication, the Nile, now considered the world's longest river, ranked only as fifth on the list, with the Missouri river given the chief position. The chief cities of each river system are listed, while the mountains are marked with corresponding points of interest, such as cities or structures at particularly high altitudes, snow lines, growth lines for particular plant species, and volcanic peaks. A diminutive London is shown at the bottom of the chart, just left of the centre.
George Aikman ARSA (1830–1905) was a Scottish painter and engraver.
Condition: Minor time toning to edges of sheet. Blank on verso.