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Publisher: JOHNSON, A.
Title: Johnson's Chart of Comparative Heights of Mountains, and Lengths of Rivers . . .
Published: New York, 1864

Size: 23.6 x 17.3 inches.
60.0 x 44.0 cm.
Colouring: coloured
Condition:  Good condition. Small tear along the center fold, slightly into the printed area. Text on verso.
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Johnson's Chart of Comparative Heights of Mountains, and Lengths of Rivers of Asia.
Johnson's Chart of Comparative Heights of Mountains, and Lengths of Rivers of Europe.
Johnson's Chart of Comparative Heights of Mountains, and Lengths of Rivers of South America.
Johnson's Chart of Comparative Heights of Mountains, and Lengths of Rivers of North America.
The chart is ordered roughly alphabetically in five sections, with Africa at the top, followed by Asia, Europe, South America and North America. Curiously Johnson chooses to place North America below South America - a clear break his is alphabetical sequence. This unusual move is possibly in deference to the perceived greater importance of North America relative to its southerly cousin. In the Africa section, Kilimanjaro is identified as the highest mountain, and the Nile its longest river. This chart also includes the Great Pyramid. In the Asia second, Everest, at 29,000 feet is recognized as the highest mountain and the Yangtze as the longest river. In the Europe section, the highest mountain is Mont Blanc and the Volga is recognized as the longest River. IN South America, Tupungato (Tupungata), at 22, 450 feet is identified as the highest mountain (Aconcagua is a sad no. 2) and the Amazon is the greatest River. North America, still not fully explored when this map was published lists Mt. St. Elias, of the Canadian Yukon, as the highest mountain, followed by the Popocatepetl and Orizaba volcanoes of Mexico.
This is in fact somewhat reversed from actuality, with Orizaba being the highest at 18,504 feet, followed by Elias at 18,009 feet, and Popocatepetl at 17,930. At this time, neither Mount McKinley (Denali) nor Mount Logan, the true highest peaks of North America, had been measured. Even so, Johnson does correctly recognized the Mississippi as the continent's longest river.
Published by A. J. Johnson as plate nos. 2-3 for issue in the 1864 edition of Johnson's Family Atlas. Dated an copyrighted, 1864.


Reference: Rumsey, 4574I.

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