The Macedonian Landscape


Franz Johann Joseph von Reilly (1766−1820) was an Austrian writer and poet, geographer, bookseller, and art dealer. His cartographic works included a world atlas, published in 1794−96, an atlas of Germany (1803), and his Allgemeiner Postatlas (General postal atlas), a work of 1799 with 40 maps showing postal routes, the first such atlas published anywhere in the world. Shown here is von Reilly’s map of Macedonia, which includes parts of present-day Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM). Bordered on the north by Serbia and the west by Albania, Macedonia was at this time a province of the Ottoman Empire. The map shows mountains, rivers, and the provincial border. Three scales are given: Polish and German miles, Russian versts, and Turkish miles. A note under the scales indicates that there was no postal service in Macedonia at this time.

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Die Landschaft Macedonien

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1 map ; 41.5 x 29 centimeters


  • Scale 1:148,000


  1. Johannes Dörflinger, “Reilly, Franz Johann Joseph von,” Neue Deutsche Biographie (Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, 1953).

Last updated: April 25, 2014