1850 Meyer Map of Greece and the Balkans (Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Turkey)

Europ. Turkei: Rumelien, Bulgarien und Walachei.

1850 Meyer Map of Greece and the Balkans (Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Turkey)


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Europ. Turkei: Rumelien, Bulgarien und Walachei.
  1850 (dated)    8 x 10.5 in (20.32 x 26.67 cm)     1 : 4000000


This is a scarce 1850 Joseph Meyer map of the Balkan region in Europe. This map, made when the Ottoman Empire controlled much of the region, covers the modern day nations of Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Greece and Turkey. Throughout, major towns, cities, rivers, mountains and other topographical features are noted. Two insets in the lower right quadrant features the Bosporus Strait and Constantinople.

This map depicts the waning years of Ottoman hegemony in the region, with the Greek Independence movement achieving Peloponnesian sovereignty in 1821. The Ionian Republic, under the protection of Great Britain, was also free of Ottoman control. The other Grecian and Balkan states, including Serbia, Croatia, Moldavia, Wallachia, Albania, and Macedonia, remained at least nominally under Ottoman control until 1878.

This map was issued 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 spotting at places.