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1854 Perthes Map of Germany's Roads and Railways


Deutschland und anliegende länder, zur Übersicht der Eisenbahnen und Hauptstrassen.
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Title:    Deutschland und anliegende länder, zur Übersicht der Eisenbahnen und Hauptstrassen.

Description:    A fascinating example of the 1854 Justus Perthes map of Germany and its adjacent countries with an overview of the main roads and railways. This map covers all of Germany from the North Sea southwards as far as Italy, including the modern day countries of Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, the Czech Republic, and adjacent parts of France and Italy. Perthes identifies the road and rails network within Germany and its neighbors. Throughout, the map names various cities, towns and assortment of additional topographical details. Political and regional borders are highlighted in outline color and railway lines are colored red. Unlike other cartographic publishers of the period, the Justus Perthes firm, did not transition to lithographic printing techniques. Instead, all of their maps are copper plate engravings and hence offer a level of character and depth of detail that was impossible to find in lithography or wax-process engraving. All text is in German. Issued as plate no. 20 in the 1854 edition of Stieler’s Hand-Atlas.

Date:    1854 (undated)

Source:    Stieler's Hand-Atlas (1854 issue).    

Cartographer:    Justus Perthes (1749 - 1812) was one of the most important German cartographic engravers of the 19th century. Perthes began his publishing empire with the 1784 issue of the famed survey of European nobility known as the Almanac de Gotha. In 1817 Perthes switched his focus to cartographic publishing. From 1817 to 1890 the Perthes firm would issue thousands of maps for more than 20 different atlases. Along with the visionary editors Stieler, Peterman, Meyer and Spruner, the Perthes firm pioneered the Hand Atlas. He also produced a number of important wall maps and case maps. Perthes maps are admired for their steel plate engraving, incredible detail, dedication to accuracy, and fine colorization. The Justus Perthes firm continues to produce maps and atlases to this day. Click here for a list of rare maps from Justus Perthes.

Size:   Printed area measures 16 x 13.5 inches (40.64 x 34.29 centimeters)

Condition:    Very Good. Original centerfold. Blank on verso. Small verso repair along centerfold.

Code:   Germany-perthes-1854 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)


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