2 December 2010
MINARD, Charles Joseph. La Houille et l'exploration de la Housille Anglaise. Paris: E. Trunot, .
4o. 11 pages. 2 hand-colored folding lithographs by Règnier et Dourdet. Later plain wrappers.
"When the complete story of the development of thematic cartography during the nineteenth century is finally added to the annals of the history of cartography, the name of Charles Joseph Minard will again take on some of the lustre it had during the latter part of his lifetime. The fifty-one cartes figuratives that came from his fertile mind and adept hand show a combination of cartographic ingenuity and concern with the graphic portrayal of statistical data that was almost unique during the central portion of the century. Minard was a cartographic pioneer in many respects, both in terms of cartographic symbolism and in the handling of the data with which he worked" (Robinson). Noting that Minard's works "have remained largely unknown to students of the history of cartography," Arthur Robinson rescued Minard from obscurity in his pioneering essay in Imago Mundi in 1967. The present map shows coal distribution in England. Robinson 46.
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