1853 Meyer Map of the Province of West Prussia
Description: This is an uncommon example of Joseph Meyer's 1853 map of the province of West-Prussia, Poland. It covers from Gdansk Bay south as far as Torun. Throughout the map identifies various cities, towns, rivers and an assortment of additional topographical details. Includes four insets of Torun (Thorn), Gdansk (Danzig), Marienwerder and Elblag (Elbing).
The provinces of East and West Prussia were created in 1773 following the first partition of Poland. The two provinces would later be joined in 1829 to the United Province of Prussia, until in 1878, they would once again be split into the provinces of East Prussia and West Prussia.
This map was issued as plate no. 27 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.
Code: WestPreussen-meyer-1853 (to order by phone call: 646-483-0487)
Tags: Meyer , Austro-Prussian War