1849 Meyer Map of Denmark

Danemark mit Holstein und Lauenburg. - Main View

1849 Meyer Map of Denmark




Danemark mit Holstein und Lauenburg.
  1849 (dated)     10.5 x 8 in (26.67 x 20.32 cm)     1 : 2100000


This is a scarce 1849 Joseph Meyer map of Denmark. It covers all of Denmark inclusive of the Duchies of Schleswig and Holstein. Numerous towns, rivers, roads, mountains and other important topographical features are noted throughout. An inset in the top left and right quadrants details the cities of Kiev and Copenhagen. Another inset in the bottom right quadrant details the city of Schleswig. The Island of Bornholm is also included in an inset.

During the time this map was made, Denmark was in the midst of the First Schleswig War between Prussia, Germany and the duchies of Holstein and Schleswig against the Kingdom of Denmark. In 1848, when the king of Denmark, Frederick VII, proposed that the Duchies of Schleswig and Holstein be formally recognized as part of the Danish Kingdom, the predominantly German population of the two duchies rebelled for a free constitution, resulting in war. Denmark ultimately won the war and retained control of Schleswig-Holstein.

This map was issued as plate no. 2 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 spotting at places.