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1853 Meyer Map of the Grand Duchy of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (Saxony), Germany

Gross-Herzogthum Sachsen-Weimar und Eisenach. - Main View

1853 Meyer Map of the Grand Duchy of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (Saxony), Germany




Gross-Herzogthum Sachsen-Weimar und Eisenach.
  1853 (dated)     8.5 x 11 in (21.59 x 27.94 cm)     1 : 700000


This is a scarce 1852 map by Joseph Meyer, depicting the Grand Duchy of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, part of the modern day German state of Thuringia. It covers the region from Allstedt to Hildburghausen and from Waldkappel east as far Gera. Throughout the map identifies various cities, towns, rivers and an assortment of additional topographical details. Two insets in the top left quadrant of the map detail the cities of Weimar and Jena.

The Grand Duchy of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach or as it was later called, the Grand Duchy of Saxony, was created by the Congress of Vienna in 1815 by raising the status of the previously merged duchies of Saxe-Weimar and Saxe- Eisenach. It would remain a Grand Duchy until the German Revolution of 1918, after which became part of the new state of Thuringia.

This map was issued as plate no. 25 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.


Joseph Meyer (May 9, 1796 - June 27, 1856) was a German industrialist and publisher, most notably for the encyclopedia Meyers Conversation-Lexicon. Born in Gotha, Germany, Meyer was educated as a merchant in Frankfurt am Main. He moved to London in 1816, but returned to Germany in a820 after his stock speculations and business adventures fell through. Once back in Germany, he began by investing in the textile trade (1820-24). Meyer began creating business plans concerning how to start railways soon after the first steam-hauled railway began operation in December 1835. He founded the Deutsche Eisenbahnschienen-Compangie auf Actien (German Railway Rail joint stock company) in 1845. Meyer also found great success as a publisher, utilizing the system of serial subscriptions to publications, a new idea for the time. He founded a company, Bibliographisches Institut in Gotha in 1825, which published several versions of the Bible, works of classical literature, atlases, the world in pictures on steel engravings, and an encyclopedia. Learn More...


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.


Very good. Minor toning and some foxing at places.