1766 Cercle D'Autriche Map Austria Desnos Holy Roman Empire Engraving Atlas
Original Antique Copperplate
Dimensions (approximately): 50,5 x 33,5 mm, 20 x 13 inches
Antique eighteenth century copperplate atlas map with original hand color. The flanking columns of descriptive text were stuck onto the sheet at the time of publication. Map is showing territory of Austria under Holy Roman Empire. It covers from Lake Constance eastward to Hungary and south as far as the Adriatic Sea. The Circle of Austria was, as shown here, bordered by Swabia, Bavaria, Bohemia and Moravia to the North, to Switzerland on the west, the Venetian States, and the Adriatic, to the south, and Croatia and Hungary to the east.
The map includes Vienna, the traditional seat of the House of Habsburg and, usually, the Holy Roman Emperor. The ‘circle’ in the map’s title refers to an ‘imperial circle,’ one of the administrative units created primarily for tax and defense purposes by the Holy Roman Empire. The Napoleonic Wars would, of course, dissolve the Holy Roman Empire and lead to the consolidation of Germany in 1871, with a separate Austria.
From “Atlas General méthodique et élémentaire, pour l’étude de la géographie et de l’histoire moderne”. Folding map.
Condition: Signs of folding. Few minor imperfections and stains, in good condition overall.
Artist: Louis Desnos
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This is an original antique engraving. We don’t sell reproductions.
Item will be shipped in cardboard tube.