1798 – L. A. Mellin – Der Rigische Kreis
Title: “No. I: Der Rigische Kreis” & “Le Cercle de Riga”
Very rare, decorative and detailed map of Riga county, Latvia. The map features the coat of arms of the city of Riga.
It has been created by the general staff officer and Riga district administrator Ludwig August von Mellin after survey of Livonia, which had become necessary after the Russian administrative reform of 1783, on the orders of Grand Duke Paul and following the example of A. W. Hupel. The result of the project that lasted more than 10 years was the atlas “Atlas von Liefland, oder von den beyden Gouvernementern u. Herzogthümern Lief- und Ehstland, und der Provinz Oesel…” (other contributors Karl Jaettnig, Friedrich Guimpel, J. N. Champion, F. G. Franz and Johann Wilhelm Krause). Engraved by Carl Jäck, F. Guimpel, F.G. Franz, and J.N. Champion. Published by Johann Friedrich Hartknoch in Riga and Leipzig, 1798.
Cartographer: Ludwig August von Mellin (1754-1835)
Sheet size: 55,3 x 77,0 cm
Technique: copper engraving
Good condition. Contemporary hand coloring. Watermarked paper. Few restorations in margin and center fold.
This is an original antique map published in 1798 and not a modern copy or reprint
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