1853 Meyer Map of the Grand Duchy of Hesse, Germany

Grosshzgth. Hessen.

1853 Meyer Map of the Grand Duchy of Hesse, Germany


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Grosshzgth. Hessen.
  1853 (dated)    11 x 8.5 in (27.94 x 21.59 cm)     1 : 900000


This is a scarce 1853 map of the Grand Duchy of Hesse by Joseph Meyer. Centered on Frankfurt, it covers part of the modern day German State of Hesse from Heidelberg north to Kassel and from Cologne east as far as Fulda. An inset plan of the city of Darmstadt in included in the top left quadrant. Throughout the map identifies various cities, towns, rivers and an assortment of additional topographical details.

At the time this map was created, the region was a member state of the German Confederation and in 1871, would become part of the German Empire. Today it forms part of the German state of Hesse.

This map was issued as plate no. 124 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


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 some foxing at places.