1865 Spruner Map of Greece during the Dorian Migrations

GraeciaMigrationisDoricae-spruner-1865
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Graecia Tempore Migrationis Doricae
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1865 Spruner Map of Greece during the Dorian Migrations

GraeciaMigrationisDoricae-spruner-1865


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Title


Graecia Tempore Migrationis Doricae
  1865 (undated)    13 x 16 in (33.02 x 40.64 cm)

Description


This is Karl von Spruner's 1865 map of Graecia Tempore Migrationis Doricae, or Greece at the time Doric Migration. Map covers modern day Macedonia, Bulgaria, Greece, Albania, Turkey, Cyprus, and Crete. The map also includes eight inserts, showing (counterclockwise) Ithaca, Thebae Heptapylae, Graecia Heroum Tempore, Danai, Troiani et socii Troianorum, Troia, Troia sec. Strabonem, Troia sec. Lechevalier, and Mycenae. Each map shows the migration of the ancient peoples, including a color-coded key for each tribe. Important cities, rivers and mountains are labeled. Countries and territories are designated with colored borders. The whole is rendered in finely engraved detail exhibiting throughout the fine craftsmanship of the Perthes firm.

CartographerS


Karl von Spruner (November 15, 1803 - August 24, 1892) or Spruner Karl von Merz or Spruneri was a Stuttgart born cartographer, scientist, and map publisher active in Germany during the middle part of the 19th century. Joining the Bavarian army at the tender age of 11, Spruner dedicated most of his life to military service. Spruner's superiors, recognizing his keen intellect, eventually assigned him to the army's cartographic division. Military education earned him the title of Doctor of Cartography in 1852. In 1855 he attained the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel and, in 1883, General. Cartographically, Spruner is best known for his historical atlases, most of which were published by the Justus Perthes firm. His much admired maps studiously applied historical political geographies to contemporary physical geographies. Spruner also worked with Heinrich Theodore Menke, a well-known German mapmaker, to produce and later revise his many historical maps. In 1886, after 72 years of professional military service, Spruner formally retired. He died seven years later in Munich in on August 24th of 1892.


Justus Perthes (1749 - 1812) was one of the most important German cartographic engravers of the 19th century. Perthes began his publishing empire with the 1784 issue of the famed survey of European nobility known as the Almanac de Gotha. In 1817 Perthes switched his focus to cartographic publishing. From 1817 to 1890 the Perthes firm would issue thousands of maps for more than 20 different atlases. Along with the visionary editors Stieler, Peterman, Meyer and Spruner, the Perthes firm pioneered the Hand Atlas. He also produced a number of important wall maps and case maps. Perthes maps are admired for their steel plate engraving, incredible detail, dedication to accuracy, and fine colorization. The Justus Perthes firm continues to produce maps and atlases to this day.

Source


Spruner, Karl von, Spruner-Menke Atlas Antiquus,, (Gotha: Justus Perthes), 1865.    

Condition


Very good. Original centerfold.

References


Rumsey 1626.005. Phillips (atlases) 3288. Espenhorst, J., Petermann's Planet, p. 397-404. Espenhorst, J., Andree, Stieler, Meyer & Co., p. 148.