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1852 Meyer Map of the Ancient World (Europe, Africa, Asia)


Orbis Veteribus Notus.
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Price: $150.00
Title:    Orbis Veteribus Notus.

Description:    This is an uncommon and attractive 1852 map of the Ancient World, including Asia, Europe and Africa. By Joseph Meyer. The map shows the Ancient World during the time of the Ancient Roman Empire from the Atlantic Ocean to Siam in Asia and from the Indian Ocean to the North Sea. All of Europe, Arabia, part of Asia including the Indian Subcontinent and the northern part of Africa are detailed with outline color. A more contemporary geography in ghosted in beyond the colored outlines to give readers better context. Various ancient cities, rivers, mountains and other topographical details are marked.

The Roman Empire was established in 27 BC after Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus, the grandnephew and heir of Julius Caesar was awarded the honorific title of Augustus. During the time of the Empire, Roman cities flourished. Trade spread as far as India, Russia, China and Southeast Asia. However, the sheer size of the Empire and its success also contributed to its downfall. The Western Roman Empire collapsed in AD 476, when Romulus Augustulus was deposed by the German Odovacer. The Eastern Roman Empire, evolving into the Byzantine Empire, survived until the Ottoman Turks captured Constantinople in 1453.

This map was issued as plate no. 82 in Meyer's Zeitung Atlas. Although all the maps in this atlas are not individually dated, the title page and maps were often updated while the imprint with the date was not, causing confusion to the exact date for some of the maps. Moreover some maps in the atlas were taped in at a later date as an update to the atlas. We have dated the maps in this collection to the best of our ability.


Date:    1852 (undated)

Source:    Meyer, J., Meyer's Zeitung Atlas, 1852.     Meyer's Zeitung Atlas, formally titled Neuster Zeitungs-Atlas Fuer Alte und Neue Erdkunde was a popular German hand-atlas published in Heidelberg by Joseph Meyer between, roughly, 1848 and 1859. The atlas is well engraved in the German style with exceptionally dense detail and minimal decoration. Meyer's Atlas, and its constituent maps, are typically very difficult to date as later editions often contain earlier maps and earlier editions later paste-in updates. That said, the atlas' frequent updates and publication run during a turbulent decade provide a noteworthy cartographic record of the period.

Cartographer:    Joseph Meyer Click here for a list of rare maps by Jospeh Meyer.

Size:   Printed area measures 11.5 x 9 inches (29.21 x 22.86 centimeters)

Scale:    1 : 95000000

Condition:    Very good. Minor foxing at places. Blank on verso.

Code:   OrbisVeteribusNotus-meyer-1852 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)

Tags:    Meyer , Roman Empire , Western Roman Empire

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