1849 Meyer Map of the World in Hemispheres

Die Oestliche und Westliche Halbkugel der Erde.

1849 Meyer Map of the World in Hemispheres


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Die Oestliche und Westliche Halbkugel der Erde.
  1849 (dated)    7 x 10.5 in (17.78 x 26.67 cm)     1 : 200000000


This is a fine 1849 map of the world depicted in hemispheres by Joseph Meyer. Both the Western and Eastern Hemispheres are drawn and offer a fascinating snapshot of the world during a period of rapid globalization and discovery. Africa and Australia are largely unmapped in the interiors with coastlines accurately rendered. The coast of Antarctica is drawn in sketchily, based upon early expeditions. The map is color coded according to continents. Various important cities, rivers, islands, mountain ranges, and several other topographical details are noted with relief shown in hachure.

This map was issued as plate no. 1 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.


Good. Overall toning. Foxing throughout. Rubber stamp impression in top right quadrant.