Antique maps of Germany

For sale below is a selection of beautiful antique landscape prints, illustrations and antique maps of Germany. If you are looking for a particular location or cartographer, try the search box on the right hand side or feel free to contact me as I have many more in stock.

To read about prints, views and antique maps of Germany, click here.

Antique maps of Germany

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Landscape prints and illustrations of Germany


About prints, maps and views of Germany

Around the year 1450 a most important event occurred. It was the invention of printing by Gutenberg. The success of the printing press was not immediate, after all there were very few people who could read.

The first outstanding landmark in German cartography was the printing of Ptolemy’s Geographia in Ulm in 1482. A second edition was published in 1486 and another one in Strassburg in 1513. However the list of authors selected for publication soon expanded. By 1480 there were 111 towns in Europe that had printing presses.

Nuremburg, a major cultural centre of Europe, became especially prominent in geographical sciences. Nuremberg’s artisans (goldsmiths and metal workers) produced the best globes and finest compasses. Nuremberg also boasted many scholars, including Regiomantus, Behaim, Schoner, Hirschvogel, Erhard Etzlaub and Albrecht Durer. In 1493 Hartmann Schedel published the Nuremberg Chronicle. This was a topographical and historical work, issued seven months after Columbus landed in the New world. These medieval books are called incunables. In the 13th century a German antiquarian book collector discovered a Roman road map which was from the year 3 A.D. This was dubbed the Peutinger Table, after its discoverer. The original is now in Vienna.

Martin Waldseemuller (1470-1518) first suggested the name America in his Cosmographia Introductio, 1507. Sebastian Munster (1489-1552) was a mathematician and linguist. He was a Professor of Hebrew and Greek at the University of Heidelberg, but settled in Basel. He produced the “Cosmographia” in 1544 and “Geographia”. In these there were maps and illustrations of towns from all over the known world that Munster had asked to be sent to him by cartographers, surveyors, etc.

After the flowering of German mapmaking in the 16th century, there was something of a gap until the 18th century, when the Homan family, Johann Baptiste (1663-1724) and his son, Johann Christoph, started producing maps. Maps were produced after Johann Christoph’s death by his son-in-law under the name Homann Heirs.

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and exclude p&p,
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Items guaranteed over 100 yrs old unless marked.