1849 Meyer Map of Spain and Portugal
Description: This is a beautiful 1849 map of Spain and Portugal by Joseph Meyer. It covers all of Spain and Portugal from the Pyrenees to the Strait of Gibraltar and includes the Balearic Islands of Ibiza, Majorca, and Minorca. An inset plan of Madrid is included in the lower right quadrant of the map. This highly detailed map notes several rivers, towns, cities and other topography, with elevation rendered by hachure.
As this map was printed liberal sentiments within Spain were gaining popularity. This eventually led to the Progressive Biennium, in which the Progressive Party tried to replace the conservative liberalism of the Moderate Party with more radical liberalism.
This map was issued as plate no. 24 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 : 4500000
Condition: Very good. Minor overall toning and spotting. Blank on verso.
Code: SpanienPortugal-meyer-1849 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)