JOSEPH VON SCHEDA (1815-1888): GENERAL-KARTE VON EUROPA
1859, Austria-Hungary, Vienna
This famed folding “General Map of Europe” on 25 sheets is the first to feature fully colored maps of Europe. This is the revised second edition, which was edited by von Scheda himself and published in 1859. 150 color lithograph prints on 25 linen canvases (each ca. 40 x 50 cm) cover the entire European continent, including the Urals, Caspian Sea and North Africa. The entire map measures ca. 200 x 250 cm. Cartouche on sheet I and tables showing populations and military power on sheet XXV. Joseph von Scheda was a geographer and cartographer who was a Major General in the Austro-Hungarian military and led the cartography department of the Institute of Military Geography in Vienna. Individual folded maps are inserted in a case with a red spine and gilt letters on the front page. Very nice complete set.