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Round Panorama / Provincial Lithography: Orientierungs-Karte Für den Hesselberg


Hand coloured lithograph originally dissected in 6 segments and mounted on linen 33 x 35 cm (13 x 13.8inches) (small loss of image and linen in the folds, slightly age toned and stained, tears along the folds reinforced with modern linen on the back).



A rare ephemeral round panorama shows the view as seen from the mountain Hesselberg, the highest point in the Middle Franconia in Bavaria. The numbers next to the locations mark the distance in kilometres.

The middle point is the Gustav Adolf Monument, which was built in 1856 and dedicated to the military achievements of Gustavus II Adolphus of Sweden during the Thirty Years War in the region. The monument was destroyed by the American soldiers shortly after WWII.

The map was crudely lithographed by Wilhelm Zeiträg in Nördlingen and published in Gunzenhausen, a small Bavarian town, by Adolf Graf. Graf was registered as a publisher in Gunzenhausen in 1870s and Wilhelm Zeiträg owned a press in the Eisengasse in Nördlingen.

We could not find any institutional examples (Universitätsbibliothek Erlangen-Nürnberg houses a later version, made by Leo Schwarzbeck: OCLC 633973430).

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