- Title: Comparative Length of Rivers and Distribution of Vegetables & Snow Line
- Author: Thomas Gamaliel Bradford
- Date: 1835
- Medium: Hand colored copperplate engraving
- Condition: Very good - some light foxing throughout
- Inches: 12 3/4 x 10 1/4 [Paper]
- Centimeters: 32.38 x 26.03 [Paper]
- Product ID: 308083
This engraving came from Thomas Bradford’s 1835 publication Comprehensive Atlas Geographical, Historical and Commercial. It compares the heights of mountains of lengths of rivers from around the globe. The rivers are separated in to five categories based on region including North American, South American, European, Asiatic and African. Above the rivers, comparative mountain heights are shown along with the mention of vegetation that grows in the respective regions as well as at what altitudes. The mountains are delineated by the type of climate in the regions from which they hail.
Thomas Gamaliel Bradford was an American cartographer born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1802. Sometime in the early part of the 19th century, he began a publishing career at the America Encyclopedia. Following his tenure there, Bradford revised and republished the Atlas Designed to Illustrate the Abridgement of Universal Geography, Modern & Ancient. Originally published in French by Adrian Balbi, Bradford revised and republished it English. Bradford was a most successful publisher of atlases in the 19th century and is also known for his very successful 1835 work A Comprehensive Atlas: Geographical, Historical & Commercial.