Map of the Empire of Germany: Including All the States Comprehended Under that Name with the Kingdom of Prussia


Produced on the eve of the Industrial and French revolutions, this 1782 map by Louis Delarochette represents the German Empire nearly a century before Otto von Bismarck’s unification of the country. It is part of Thomas Kitchen’s General Atlas, originally created by Louis Stanislas d'Arcy Delarochette and purportedly designed to show the entire universe. Kitchen, whose name was also frequently spelled “Kitchin,” was a London-based cartographer and engraver of maps of England, greater Europe, and parts of the British Empire who was employed as a senior hydrographer to the king. Best known for his work on the London Magazine and his county maps of England, he became a prolific mapmaker by exploiting weak 18th-century copyright protections and habitually expropriating the work of other mapmakers. A different version of the German Empire map, also attributed to Delarochette and “Kitchin,” was printed in 1790 for Robert Sayer, a Fleet Street map and print seller.

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Robert Sayer, London


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Map of the Empire of Germany


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1 map on 2 sheets : color ; 51 x 120 centimeters, sheets 27 x 122 centimeters

Last updated: March 8, 2016