Relief map of Belgium, 1882
Belgique, Paris, E. Bertaux, 1882.
Royal Library of Belgium, CP/KP III 5128
This embossed map published in Paris by the publisher-geographer Emile Bertaux (1840-1903) is from an Atlas complet de géographie en relief that was compiled under the direction of Henri Mager (1859- ?). The scale of the vertical elevations is six times greater than the scale of the horizontal distances (1:1 270 000).
In order to represent relief, the effect of the embossing is underscored by the use of five different colours to indicate the progression of elevations, from the low-lying plain of the Scheldt River estuary to the highest areas in Belgium, between 500 and 700 meters above sea level.
It is interesting to note that the author mistakenly situates the High Fens (Hautes-Fagnes) plateau to the south of the Ardennes.
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