Old Map of Asia & Europe by Appleton, 1892: Political Divisions, Major Cities, Steam Routes
Old Map of Asia & Europe by Appleton, 1892: Political Divisions, Major Cities, Steam Routes
Old Map of Asia & Europe by Appleton, 1892: Political Divisions, Major Cities, Steam Routes
Old Map of Asia & Europe by Appleton, 1892: Political Divisions, Major Cities, Steam Routes

Old Map of Asia & Europe by Appleton, 1892: Political Divisions, Major Cities, Steam Routes

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Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of history with this exquisite 1892 map titled "Asia & Europe," meticulously crafted by the renowned D. Appleton & Co. This map, a testament to the cartographic artistry of the late 19th century, offers a vivid portrayal of the geopolitical landscape of Asia and Europe during a period of profound transformation. D. Appleton & Co., a distinguished American publishing house, was celebrated for its educational and reference works, and this map stands as a sterling example of their commitment to precision and detail.

The map delineates the political divisions of the time with remarkable clarity, showcasing the vast expanse of the Russian Empire, the intricate boundaries of the Ottoman Empire, and the rich cultural tapestry of regions such as Persia, Arabia, and India. Major cities like Moscow, Constantinople, Calcutta, and Beijing are prominently marked, offering a glimpse into the urban centers that were the heartbeats of these empires. The map also highlights principal steam routes, reflecting the burgeoning era of steam-powered transportation that connected distant lands and facilitated global trade.

Designed with a classic 19th-century cartographic style, this map employs hachures and spot heights to depict relief, providing a tactile sense of the varied topography from the towering Himalayas to the vast Siberian plains. The use of color enhances the visual distinction between different regions, making it not only an informative piece but also a visually captivating one. The Prime Meridian, set at Greenwich, anchors the map in a universally recognized coordinate system, underscoring its scientific rigor.

The geographical features detailed on this map are nothing short of breathtaking. From the icy reaches of the Arctic Ocean to the warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea, and from the rugged Ural Mountains to the expansive Gobi Desert, this map captures the natural wonders of two continents. The inclusion of major rivers, such as the Volga and the Yangtze, and mountain ranges like the Caucasus and the Tien Shan, further enriches the viewer's understanding of the diverse landscapes that define Asia and Europe.

Historically, this map is a window into a world on the cusp of modernity. The late 19th century was a time of colonial expansion, industrialization, and significant political shifts. This map not only serves as a geographical guide but also as a historical document, reflecting the power dynamics, trade routes, and cultural intersections of the era. It is a perfect addition for collectors, historians, and anyone with a passion for the intricate interplay of geography and history.

Countries and regions on this map

  • Continents:
  • Asia
  • Europe
  • Countries and regions:
  • Russian Empire
  • Ottoman Empire
  • Persia
  • Arabia
  • India
  • China
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Afghanistan
  • Mongolia
  • Tibet
  • Southeast Asia regions (e.g., Siam, Burma)
  • Central Asian regions (e.g., Turkestan)

Notable Features & Landmarks

  • Bodies of water:
  • Arctic Ocean
  • Caspian Sea
  • Black Sea
  • Mediterranean Sea
  • Red Sea
  • Arabian Sea
  • Bay of Bengal
  • South China Sea
  • East China Sea
  • Sea of Japan
  • Pacific Ocean
  • Mountain ranges:
  • Ural Mountains
  • Caucasus Mountains
  • Himalayas
  • Altai Mountains
  • Kunlun Mountains
  • Tien Shan Mountains
  • Sea, road, and rail routes:
  • Principal steam routes with distances
  • Other interesting features:
  • Labels for major cities such as Moscow, Constantinople, Calcutta, and Beijing
  • Historical regions such as Persia, Arabia, and Siberia

Historical and design context

  • Mapmaker or publisher: D. Appleton & Co., a prominent American publishing company in the 19th century.
  • When the map was made: 1892
  • Color map on 2 sheets: The map is divided into two sheets, each colored to distinguish different regions.
  • Shows political divisions and major cities, rivers, mountains, principal steam routes, and distances from place to place: The map provides detailed information about the political boundaries and major geographical features.
  • Relief shown by hachures and spot heights: The topography is depicted using hachures (lines to show relief) and spot heights (specific points indicating elevation).
  • Prime meridian is Greenwich: The map uses the Greenwich meridian as the reference for longitudinal measurements.
  • Historical significance: Reflects the geopolitical landscape of Asia and Europe at the end of the 19th century, a period marked by colonial expansion, industrialization, and significant political changes.

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