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1849 Meyer Map of Austrian Kingdom in Northern Italy (Lombardy-Venetia), Italy

Osterreich: Lombardisch-Venetianisches Konigreich. - Main View

1849 Meyer Map of Austrian Kingdom in Northern Italy (Lombardy-Venetia), Italy



Osterreich: Lombardisch-Venetianisches Konigreich.
  1849 (dated)     8 x 10.5 in (20.32 x 26.67 cm)     1 : 1900000


This is a fine 1849 map by Joseph Meyer depicting the Kingdom of Lombardy-Venetia. It covers the north Italian territories of Lombardy and Venetia, merged together and ruled by the House of Habsburg-Lorraine, from Lake Maggiore to the Gulf of Trieste and from Lienz south as far as Modena. Four insets detailing the cities of Mantua, Venice (Venedig), Verona and Milan (Mailand) are included. Throughout the map identifies various cities, towns, rivers and an assortment of additional topographical details.

Following the merging of the territories by the Congress of Vienna in 1815, the region witness a revolt against the Austrians during the First Italian War of Independence in 1848. The Austrians won and retained controlled of the Kingdom of Lombardy-Venetia until 1859, when following the Second Italian War of Independence and the Treaty of Zurich, the territory of Lombardy was annexed to Italy. The Province of Venetia would remain under Austrian control until the Austro-Prussian War or the Third Italian War of Independence in 1866, when it would be ceded to the Kingdom of Italy.

This map was issued as plate no. 8 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 (May 9, 1796 - June 27, 1856) was a German industrialist and publisher, most notably for the encyclopedia Meyers Conversation-Lexicon. Born in Gotha, Germany, Meyer was educated as a merchant in Frankfurt am Main. He moved to London in 1816, but returned to Germany in a820 after his stock speculations and business adventures fell through. Once back in Germany, he began by investing in the textile trade (1820-24). Meyer began creating business plans concerning how to start railways soon after the first steam-hauled railway began operation in December 1835. He founded the Deutsche Eisenbahnschienen-Compangie auf Actien (German Railway Rail joint stock company) in 1845. Meyer also found great success as a publisher, utilizing the system of serial subscriptions to publications, a new idea for the time. He founded a company, Bibliographisches Institut in Gotha in 1825, which published several versions of the Bible, works of classical literature, atlases, the world in pictures on steel engravings, and an encyclopedia. More by this mapmaker...


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 spotting at places. Some foxing near top border and over right margin.