What’s that got to do with the price of fish? Ole Theodor Olsen’s Piscatorial Atlas

Just for once, the answer to the question is ‘everything’. The late nineteenth century was the heyday of the thematic atlas, but I have rarely seen one quite so specialist or as magnificent as Olsen’s 1883 Piscatorial Atlas. A series of 50 lavishly chromolithographed charts record the distribution – spawning grounds…

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