1849 Meyer Map of the Province of Saxony, Germany

Provinz Sachsen. - Main View

1849 Meyer Map of the Province of Saxony, Germany




Provinz Sachsen.
  1849 (dated)     11 x 8 in (27.94 x 20.32 cm)     1 : 1500000


This is a fine 1849 map of the Province of Saxony by Joseph Meyer. It covers the former Prussian province from Hansestadt salzwedel south to Eisfeld, covering most of the modern German states of Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia. Throughout the map identifies various cities, towns, rivers and an assortment of additional topographical details. Twelve insets detailing Magdeburg, Naumburg, Erfurt, Halle (Saale), Merseburg, Burg, Halberstadt, Quedlinburg, Muhlhausen, Nordhausen, Torgau and Wittenberg are included.

The Province of Saxony was established in 1816 following the Napoleonic Wars as a province of the Kingdom of Prussia and later the Free State of Prussia and was considered one of the richest regions in Prussia. It was disestablished in 1945 and most of the region eventually became the modern day state of Saxony –Anhalt.

This map was issued as plate no. 23 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. Learn More...


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. Toning and some foxing throughout. Dampstain along left margin.