Sud-Ostliches Australien.

Very detailed German map by Augustus Petermann of eastern Australia, with insets of Western Australia and Tasmania. List of counties in WA (26), NSW (19), SA  and VDL (9).  Victoria is named “Australia Felix.” From Stieler, A. Hand-Atlas.

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Full Title:

Sud-Ostliches Australien.




John George Justus Perthes 
(1822 – 


In good condition, with centre fold as issued.


Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

x 312mm

Paper Size: 

x 367mm
Sud-Ostliches Australien. - Antique Map from 1862

Genuine antique



Very detailed German map by Augustus Petermann of eastern Australia, with insets of Western Australia and Tasmania. List of counties in WA (26), NSW (19), SA  and VDL (9).  Victoria is named “Australia Felix.”

From Stieler, A. Hand-Atlas.

Tooley, R.V. The Mapping of Australia. London 1979 :: 1208 (1875 edition).

National Library Australia: Bib ID 1389896

Augustus Heinrich Petermann (1822 - 1898)

In 1847, Petermann moved to London and in 1850 founded his own establishment: The Geographical Establishment, Engraving, Lithographic and Printing Office. In 1852 Ernst Georg Ravenstein (1834–1913) was apprenticed to him, then in 1855 he went into the service of the Topographical Department of the British War Office. Petermann's firm published, among other things, maps for the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society and through this he established lifelong relationships with many scientists, politicians and explorers. In 1847, he became a member of the RGS. When he was 28 in 1850 he was elected under-Secretary. In 1868 he was awarded with the prestigious 'Founders medal' of the RGS. Queen Victoria, at the suggestion of Robert Bunsen, appointed him 'physical geographer-royal'. Early in his career, Petermann already wanted to further the cause of geographical exploration as shown by his concern for and interference with James Richardson's expedition. The purpose of this expedition, which was supported by the British government, was to negotiate trade treaties with the rulers of the middle Sudan. Petermann, supported by Carl Ritter and Robert Bunsen, pleaded with the British government to let Heinrich Barth and Adolf Overweg join up with Richardson’s expedition to assure that geographical and scientific aspects which they might encounter were taken care of. When still affiliated with the Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Erdkunde, he published their progress in this journal, and when he started his very influential, Petermanns geographische Mitteilungen. This journal, which still exists today, greatly influenced the development of scientific geography and cartography in Germany in the nineteenth century. Numerous articles have been published by recognized experts in this field, along with a multitude of illustrations, showing maps, prints and photographs. The journal developed into an important publication, setting the standard in the history of the great expeditions and discoveries, and European colonial matters. His long stay in Britain made him familiar with the best in British and German geography, and as he was fluent in both languages and having learnt French helped him to read widely.

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Johann Friedrich von Stulpnagel (1786 - 1865)

German cartographer whose father was a Prussian infantry captain. When the war broke out in 1812/13 , he joined the 1st Baden Infantry Regiment of Count Wilhelm von Hochberg's brigade as a lieutenant. In 1822 an ear ailment that caused almost total deafness forced him to request his departure from the army. Since he had little wealth and little income, he moved to Wandersleben and in 1823 became a draftsman in the geographic institute of Justus Perthes in Gotha . There he worked with the cartographer Adolf Stieler on the continuation and improvement of his " Handatlas over all parts of the world " , which appeared for the first time in the years 1817–1823 . On September 10, 1835, Stulpnagel was finally retired from the army and received a pension as a captain. After Adolf Stieler's death in 1836, he moved to Gotha and continued the map series of his predecessor at Perthes in association with Heinrich Berghaus and Joseph Christoph Bar.

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