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A rare early lithographed broadside with manuscript details advertises a planned facsimile edition of Tabula Peutingeriana, by the Lithographic Institute of Cornelius Schimmel in Münster, Germany. The broadside mentions the facsimile was going to be printed in various editions, including on the parchment. The buyers could subscribe and receive separate sheets, when printed. The text also offers a brief insights on the history of the facsimile editions of the Tabula Peutingeriana from 1753 on.
The broadside was probably sent to institutions and historical associations.
The author of the project was supposed to be at the time a known specialist of antiquity Dr. Ludwig Troß (1795 – 1864), who was an author of several books and studies. In 1822 and 1823 he lived in Münster, where he was leading a systematization of the Gymnasium library. Dr. Troß also prepared a large format introduction of the Tabula in Latin, printed in “beautiful Letters”.
Although a newspaper of 1824 still mentions the planned project (probably the article is based on the information of an advertisement like ours; Hesperus, March 19, 1824, pp. 270-272), the elaborate facsimile edition by Schimmel and Troß was never published.
We could not find any other examples of the broadside.