Maury, Matthew Fontaine

1956

Maury's Whale Chart

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

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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, lithographed by Endicott in New York. The chart was reissued by the Hydrographic Office of the US Navy. This is the third issue, from the Hydrographic Office of the US in the mid 20th century.

Shows best fishing 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. Note in the lower right corner reads "Price 20 cents / H.O. Miscel. No. 8514" Mid-20th-century electrotype on wove paper.

This instance of Maury's whale chart carries a blue ink over-stamp from the U.S. Naval Supply Depot at Scotia, NY. "Corrected through Notice to Mariners No. 25 June 23, '56" that is- 1956.

CREATOR: Maury, Matthew Fontaine

PUBLICATION DATE: 1956

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: World

BODY OF WATER: All

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

COLORING: B/W

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SIZE: 36 " x 24 "

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PRICE: $



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