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1840 Black Map of Germany


Germany, Part I.  Germany, Part II.
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Title:    Germany, Part I. Germany, Part II.

Description:    A fine example of Adam and Charles Black's 1840 map of Germany, in two parts. Black's map covers all of Germany and depicts individual German states. During this time in Germany, The German Confederation, created in 1814, acted as a buffer zone between Austria and Prussia, the two largest and most powerful member states. The development of industrialization and global trade in the region spurred German solidarity movements. In 1848, the March Revolution rose from popular discontent with the archaic autocratic political structure imposed by the Congress of Vienna in 1814. This map was engraved by S. Hall for issue in the 1840 edition of Black's General Atlas.

Date:    1840 (undated)

Source:    Hall, Sydney, Black's General Atlas: A series of Fifty-Four Maps from the Latest and Most Authentic Sources, Engraved on Steel, In the First Style of the Art, (Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black) 1840.    

References:    Rumsey 2305.028 (1854 edition). Philips (atlases) 4334.

Cartographer:    Charles and his uncle Adam Black of Edinburgh, Scotland, founded their publishing firm in 1807. They published a series of maps and atlases throughout the 19th century. In addition to an array of atlases, the Black firm is known for their editions of the Encyclopedia Britannica (1817 - 1826) and the first publishing of Sir Walter Scott's novels in 1854. In 1889 the A. & C. Black publishing house moved to London where it remains in operation to this day. Click here for a list of rare maps by Charles & Adam Black.

Size:   Printed area measures 16 x 21 inches (40.64 x 53.34 centimeters)

Condition:    Very good. Blank on verso. Original platemark visible. Original centerfold.

Code:   Germany-black-1840 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)


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