By: Edward Stanford
Date: June 1, 1858 (dated) London
Dimensions: 68.5 x 61 inches (174 x 155 cm)
A monumental map of Europe dissected into 48 sheets that are all joined as one massive folding map with contemporary hard covers. The map is more commonly found in later dates, published as four separate folding maps. This example from 1858 is recorded by worldcat.org to be housed in just six institutions worldwide.
In this map, Europe is presented showing its state of affairs in the mid-19th century. The 1850s was a decade of conservative control throughout much of Europe, which included the rule of France under Louis Napoleon Bonaparte III. The Crimean War which had weakened Russia after suffering great losses at the hands of the combined forces of Great Britain, France, Sardinia, and the Ottoman Empire, had ended just two years prior to the publication of this map. Germany is shown divided into over twenty states, as it was prior to unification in 1871.
This map offers a wealth of information for any enthusiast of 19th century European history. It can be stored in a a drawer or on a shelf, or featured on a wall, undoubtedly drawing all eyes and attention in any room.
Condition: This map is in B condition with the front cover and spine detached. The map itself is stunning with bright colors and strong linen holding the 48 sections together without any separations.
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