1849 Meyer Map of Switzerland
Description: This is a fine 1849 map of Switzerland by Joseph Meyer. It covers the entire country and shows the division by Cantons from Vaud to Grisons. Also shows parts of adjacent France, Germany, and Italy. Throughout, the map identifies various cities, towns, rivers and assortment of additional topographical details. A elevation profile is included along the bottom margin of the map, and notes are included in the top right quadrant.
After the ratification of a federal constitution in 1848, Switzerland underwent a rapid social and economic development. The cantonal currencies were replaced by a single currency (the Swiss Franc) and many of the cantons subsequently established representative governments and instituted freedom of the press and trade.
This map was issued 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: 1849 (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 11 x 9 inches (27.94 x 22.86 centimeters)
Scale: 1 : 1500000
Condition: Very good. Minor overall toning and spotting at places.
Code: Schweiz-meyer-1849 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)