1853 Perthes Map of Classical Greece

Griechenland und die Ionischen Inseln mit Beachtung der Klassischen Zeit.

1853 Perthes Map of Classical Greece


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Griechenland und die Ionischen Inseln mit Beachtung der Klassischen Zeit.
  1853 (dated)    14.5 x 17.5 in (36.83 x 44.45 cm)


A fascinating example of the 1853 Justus Perthes map of Greece and the Ionian Islands during the Classical Period. The map covers from Corfu to Cerigo, including the Ionian Islands, euboea, the Cyclades, and the Sporades. Two inset maps in the upper right quadrant detail the area between Athens and Piraeus, and the environs of Athens. The classical period in Greek history, which lasted from the 5th century B.C. through the 4th century B.C. greatly influenced the Roman empire's politics, art, architecture, philosophy and literature.

Throughout, the map identifies various cities, towns, rivers and assortment of additional topographical details. Political and regional borders are highlighted in outline color. Unlike other cartographic publishers of the period, the Justus Perthes firm, did not transition to lithographic printing techniques. Instead, all of their maps are copper plate engravings and hence offer a level of character and depth of detail that was impossible to find in lithography or wax-process engraving. All text is in German. Designed and drawn by Friedrich von St├╝lpnagel and issued as plate no. 38c in the 1854 edition of Stieler's Hand-Atlas.


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.


Stieler's Hand-Atlas (1854 issue).    


Very Good. Moderate overall foxing. Original centerfold reinforced on verso. Blank on verso.