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Auction 195, Lot 558


"[Sheets No. 22 & 35 of A General Map of Saxony and Bohemia...]", Gibson, John

Subject: Southwestern Poland & Northeastern Czech Republic

Period: 1761-62 (published)

Publication: Gentleman's Magazine

Color: Black & White

14.6 x 9.8 inches
37.1 x 24.9 cm
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This pair of maps is part of an incomplete series published in Gentleman's Magazine in 1760. The proposed series was intended to cover all of Saxony and Bohemia in great detail across 36 sectional maps which could be "bound together, or converted into furniture." An index map and 12 sectional maps were published between January 1760 and December 1762, after which the series was abandoned. Map No. 35 (the fourth entry in the series, published February 1761) covers the region north of Breslaw (Wroclaw) in southwestern Poland. Map No. 22 (the tenth entry in the series, published in May 1762) centers on Neustatt (Nove Mesto nad Metuji) in the present-day Hradec Kralove region of the Czech Republic and extends east to Glatz (Klodzko) in Poland. Both maps feature remarkable detail, including names of towns, cities, and villages, rivers, roads, topography, and more. Jolly discusses this series in more depth on pages 39 and 40 of Maps in British Periodicals Part I.

References: Jolly #GENT-149 & 159.

Condition: A

Nice impressions, issued folding, now flat, with faint dampstaining that barely enters the second map image at top. There are professional repairs to some edge chips confined to the blank margins.

Estimate: $60 - $80

Sold for: $1

Closed on 11/15/2023