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1853 Meyer Map of the Province of Posen


Provinz Posen.
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Title:    Provinz Posen.

Description:    This is an uncommon 1853 map of the Province of Posen by Joseph Meyer. It covers the province, part of the Prussia and later part of the German Empire, noting important towns, cities, rivers, railways and other topographical features. Four insets are included detailing the city plans of Bromberg (Bydgoszcz), Lissa (Leszno), Fraustadt (Wschowa) and Posen (Poznan).

Following the Greater Poland Uprising of 1848 against Prussian forces, the Grand Duchy of Posen became the Province of Posen, a common Prussian Province, and was incorporated into the German Confederation. It would later be incorporated into the German Empire following the Franco-Prussian War of 1871 and the unification of Germany.

This map was issued as plate no. 40 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:    1853 (dated)

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 10.5 x 8.5 inches (26.67 x 21.59 centimeters)

Scale:    1 : 1500000

Condition:    Very good. Minor toning and spotting at places. Dampstains over top and bottom margin.

Code:   Posen-meyer-1853 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)

Tags:    Meyer , Franco-Prussian War , Greater Poland Uprising

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