This is a monumental and striking 1884 Richard Kiepert chromolithograph topographic map of Greece and the Balkan Peninsula. The map depicts the region from central Italy east to the Bosporus and from the Danube Delta on the Black Sea to Crete. An utterly fantastic piece created by the most celebrated 19th-century German cartographer. Kiepert employs eight different colors to illustrate the region's topography. He details the region's river systems and coastlines and marks, although without identifying them by name, many of the region's cities and towns.
ChromolithographyChromolithography is a color lithographic technique developed in the mid-19th century. The process involved using multiple lithographic stones, one for each color, to yield a rich composite effect. Oftentimes, the process would start with a black basecoat upon which subsequent colors were layered. Some chromolithographs used 30 or more separate lithographic stones to achieve the desired effect. Chromolithograph color could also be effectively blended for even more dramatic results. The process became extremely popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when it emerged as the dominate method of color printing. The vivid color chromolithography produced made it exceptionally effective for advertising and propaganda imagery.
Publication History and CensusThis map was created by Richard Kiepert and published by Dietrich Reimer in 1884. The present example bears a collection stamp from the Department of Geology at Harvard University. We have confirmed that it was legally deaccessioned, and the accompanying slipcase bears an official deaccession stamp. Only one example is cataloged in OCLC, and it is part of the collection at the University of Chicago. A second OCLC ghost entry appears as well, implying that at least one more example is part of another institution's collection, but the institution has since withdrawn from OCLC.
Heinrich Kiepert (July 31, 1818 - April 21, 1899) was a German cartographer and historian active in the mid to late 19th century. Kiepert was born into generous circumstances that allowed him to develop his childhood interest in geography and history into a serious profession. The Berlin-born Kiepert traveled widely in his youth, and was encouraged in his studies by the historian Leopold von Ranke, a family friend. He was a student of classical antiquity under August Meineke and worked with Cal Ritter. He studied history, philology, and geography at the Humboldt University of Berlin - he would eventually teach geography there, and would remain there until his death. Disappointed with the poor quality of maps in historical school books, Kiepert set out to correct the problem. His first major work, the Atlas von Hellas und den hellenischen Kolonien, was published with Karl Ritter in 1840. The work immediately won accolades from the academic community. A number of similar publications followed, including the 1848 Historisch-geographischer Atlas der alten Welt, the 1854 Atlas Antiquus, and the 1894 Formae Orbis Antiqui. He traveled to Asia Minor four times between 1841 and 1848, and made two maps of the region. Thanks in large part to these four sojourns into the region, Kiepert became the recognized expert on Ottoman geography. In 1854 he took a position as professor of Geography at the University of Berlin and for nearly 50 years was considered the go-to man with regard to the cartography of classical and biblical antiquity. Kiepert died in Berlin on April 21 of 1899.
Dietrich Reimer (May 13 1818 - October 15, 1899) was a German publisher. Born in Berlin, Reimer was the son of Georg Andreas Reimer, another German printer. He founded a book and map shop in 1845 in Berlin, and after taking over the most of the art and geographic publishing from his father two years later, founded Dietrich Reimer Verlag. Heinrich Kiepert began working for his publishing firm in 1852, and in 1868 Reimer made Hermann August Hoefer, a German bookseller, a partner in his company. This move pushed Reimer's publishing firm to international prominence, as the new partnership increased their desire to produce globes and their commitment to improving their maps. Reimer gave up control of his publishing house on October 1, 1891 due to health concerns. He married Henriette Hirzel in 1847, with whom he had three children. Henriette died in 1853 and Reimer remarried in 1855 to Emma Jonas.
Very good. Even overall toning. Dissected and mounted on linen in eighteen panels. Bears collection stamp from the Department of Geology at Harvard University. The item was legally deaccessioned from the Department and bears a deaccession stamp on the accompanying slipcase.