Maury, Matthew Fontaine

1960

Maury's Whale Chart 4th Edition

Whale Chart. M.F. Maury A.M. Lieut. U.S. Navy (Preliminary Sketch) Series F. Fourth edition.

DESCRIPTION: Rare thematic chart of reported whale sightings by geographic area, whale species, and relative number of sightings. An early example of the graphical display of quantitative information for decision making.

Matthew Maury's Whale Chart, was first issued by the United States Bureau of Ordnance & Hydrography in 1851. This is the fourth (4th.) edition, from the United State Hydrographical Office in the 1960s.

Upper top left position with logo of eagle over an anchor surrounded by text: "United States Hydrographical Office". Top right position reads "Catalog: Introduction. Part 1.". Bottom right position reads "Price 50 cents / H.O. Miscel. No. 8514" Mid-20th-century electrotype on wove paper. This instance of Maury's whale chart carries two unknown blue ink accession hand stamps in the far bottom right margin: "June 23, 1969." and "Accession no. [in MS] 763."

Shows best whaling areas and migration patterns for sperm whales and right whales, as well as the most densely populated areas and areas of "Straggling" Sperm Whales and Right Whales.

CREATOR: Maury, Matthew Fontaine

PUBLICATION DATE: 1960

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: World

BODY OF WATER: All

CONDITION: Good.  Rolled with no folds. On strong paper. No holes, tears or condition issues. Wide margins.

COLORING: B/W

ENGRAVER: 

SIZE: 36 " x 24 "

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PRICE: $2400


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