Nürnberg [Nuremberg]: Homaennischen Erben, 1786. Early edition of this rare, detailed engraved map (770 x 955mm), with contemporary hand-coloring in outline, showing postal routes through Germany, parts of France, and the Low Countries and extending to Moravia and Hungary in the late eighteenth century. Sixteen double sheets backed with linen and sectioned for folding, decorated with three cartouches: title in German (bottom left); key of symbols used, in German and French (bottom right), and dedication to Prince Carl Anselm von Thurn und Taxis, with vignettes of prince's coat of arms and putto riding with post horn in hand (upper left). Fitted into period two-part leather solander case, framed in blind with leaf roll and with central floral device and unidentified coronet; lined with deep pink and French blue floral patterned paste paper. An excellent example (leather case lightly rubbed), the richly colored map virtually pristine. BLMC Maps C.27.a.29. Fine. Item #BB2459
First published in 1764 [BLMC Maps * 26945.(12.)], this later state (with engraver's name, I. M. Schmidt, and dedication to Herrn. Carl Anselm) shows further development of courier and postal routes, especially in northeast Prussia. The princely house of Thurn und Taxis operated an important postal service in Europe from the sixteenth century until the end of the Holy Roman Empire, in 1806. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).