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PRUSSIA – CASE MAP: General Karte vom Preussischen Staate mit den Gränzen der Regierungs-Bezirke und landräthlichen Kreise


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[General Map of the Prussian State with Borders of State Regions and Districts].

Copper engraving with original colour, dissected in 32 segments and mounted on linen, with original engraved label verso, map when opened: 66 x 104 cm (26 x 41 cm inches), in an contemporary marbled paper slipcase with two contemporary paper labels, map stamped with old collector’s stamp and marked with an inventory number under the title, verso on the label and on the label of the slipcase (Very Good, minor age-toning along the folds, slipcase slightly worn on edges with some tears along the corners).


This is a very rare 1866 state of map of Prussia, showcasing the state regions and districts, with an in-set map of Hohenzollern. 

The map was based on the survey by Friedrich Bernhardt Engelhardt (1768-1854), a military surveyor, who conducted dozens of important surveys over his long career, resulting in numerous important maps, including Schrötter’s Karte von Ost-Preussen nebst Preussisch Litthauen und West-Preussen nebst dem Netzdistrict (1802-1810) and  Karte vom Herzogthum Warschau (1812).

The Schropp publishing house was founded in 1742 by Simon Schopp and still exists today. Situated in the Dorotheenstraße in Berlin in the 1940s, it was destroyed by a bomb in one of the last nights of the war, in April 1945. The surviving material was taken away by Russians. After 1945 Walter Ludwig continued publishing maps under Schropp’s name.

The first version of this map was published in 1829 and has been since regularly reprinted with new corrections. This is a very rare late version, which we could not trace in any institutions worldwide. The original colour differs from the older versions by beautiful shading of blue and pink. 

This example, accompanied by a contemporary marbled paper case, comes from a library of a noble family and bears a stamp with initials MB with a superpositioned crown and an inventory number under the title and on the slipcase.

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