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1853 Perthes Map of Southwestern Germany and Switzerland


Südwestliches Deutschland, enth. Bayern, Würtemberg, Baden, Hohenzollern und Schweiz.
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Price: $100.00
Title:    Südwestliches Deutschland, enth. Bayern, Würtemberg, Baden, Hohenzollern und Schweiz.

Description:    A fascinating example of the 1853 map of southwestern Germany including Switzerland by Justus Perthes. This map covers the 19th century German provinces of Bavaria, Wurttemberg, and Baden. Also covers Switzerland.

In 1848 the March Revolution swept through europe, in particular Germany. These Revolutions were nationalist pro-German, pan-German, declarations of discontent with the archaic autocratic political structure that dated to the 39 original German states established under the Holy Roman empire. The years following the violent suppression of the March Revolution saw a vast middle class exodus from the German states to the United States, leading to 'Germantown USA,' and popular interest among Americans in the Fatherland.

Switzerland at this time was undergoing a rapid social and economic change known as the Regeneration Movement. Following the French July Revolution in 1830 the Swiss began assemble and call for fair representation and new cantonal constitutions. Many of the cantons subsequently established representative governments and instituted freedom of the press and trade.

Throughout, the map identifies various cities, towns, rivers and assortment of additional topographical details. Political and regional borders are highlighted in outline color. 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. 24 in the 1854 edition of Stieler’s Hand-Atlas.


Date:    1853 (dated)

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 15 x 13 inches (38.1 x 33.02 centimeters)

Condition:    Very Good. Original centerfold. Blank on verso. Erased pencil marks in bottom margin. Small verso repair along centerfold.

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


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