Germany, Part I. Germany, Part II.
1851 (undated) 21 x 16.5 in (53.34 x 41.91 cm)
A fine example of Adam and Charles Black's 1851 map of Germany in two parts. The map covers all of Germany from Denmark to Switzerland and depicts individual German states. The maps shows 'Divisions of the Kingdom of Bavaria as settled in November 1837.'
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.
Throughout, the map identifies various cities, towns, rivers, lakes, roadways and an assortment of additional topographical details. Map is hand colored in pink, green, blue and yellow pastels to define boundaries. The map is engraved by S. Hall and issued as plate nos. XXI and XXII in Black's General Atlas.
Charles and Adam Black (fl. 1807 - present) were map and book publishers based in Edinburgh. Charles and his uncle, Adam, both of Edinburgh, Scotland, founded their publishing firm in 1807. They published a series of maps and atlases throughout the 19th century. In addition to an array of atlases, the Black firm is known for their editions of the Encyclopedia Britannica (1817 - 1826) and the first publishing of Sir Walter Scott's novels in 1854. In 1889 the A. & C. Black publishing house moved to London where it remains in operation to this day.
Black, A. and C., General Atlas Of The World, (Edinburgh) 1851.
Very good. Overall toning. Original platemark visible. Minor stains overall. Verso repair along centerfold.