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VIENNA, AUSTRIA: GRUNDRISS DER K. K. HAUPT UND RESIDENZSTADT WIEN MIT IHREN VORSTADTEN NACH DEN NEUEN HAUSNUMMERN, 1797. / PLAN DE LA VILLE DE VIENNE ET DE SES FOUXBOURGS AVEC LE DENOMBREMENT DES MASIONS FAIT EN 1797.
- Format : Copper engraving with original outline hand colour, divided into two parts, each dissected and mounted on original linen (total: 134 x 136 cm / 53 x 53.5 inches), housed in custom box (circa 1820) of red morocco and marbled boards with elaborate tooling, armorial signs and title in gilt (dimensions: 24 x 16 x 7.5 cm) (Map in Very Good condition with only very minor points of wear; Box with stains to red morocco and abrasions to marbled surface). Maximilian von Grimm’s Grundriss der K. K. Haupt und Residenzstadt Wien mit ihren Vorstadten nach den neuen Hausnummern [translation: "Plan of the Imperial-Royal Capital and Residence of Vienna with its Suburbs, showing the new House Numbers"] is one of the finest plans of a European city produced during the Enlightenment era, and the authoritative map of the city from the critical period of the Napoleonic Wars. The present example of the rare first edition of map is extraordinary, in that it comes from the celebrated library of King Louis-Philippe I of France (1773 – 1850), and is housed within a custom red morocco-backed box bearing his arms and monogram. Towards the end of the 18th Century, Vienna was then one of the continent’s largest cities, with over 200,000 inhabitants, and the capital of the Austrian Habsburg Empire, which ruled over much of Central Europe. The map focuses on the old, or, inner city, the ‘Innere Stadt,’ enveloped by its 16th Century walls, while the rapidly expanding suburbs extend far to the south of the city proper. The map showcases the cityscape in great detail: every street is precisely delineated, and the outlines of each built-up urban block are represented, while all of Vienna’s grand edifices are carefully outlined, with the numerous gardens and parks carefully laid out. During its time, Grimm’s map was highly valued by civil administrators, military officials and businesses, while today it is prized by historians as the authoritative physical record of Vienna during the era of the Napoleonic Wars. The Grimm Map of Vienna in Context The scientific mapping of Vienna was delayed until the latter 18th Century as the Austrian Imperial army strongly discouraged the publication of detailed surveys of Vienna, out of fear that they might find their way into enemy hands. The city had nearly fallen during the Second Ottoman Siege of Vienna (1683), a traumatic experience for the Habsburg Empire that remained top of mind for generations. For decades, the army was convinced that the mere existence of any precisely accurate general maps of Vienna and its environs was a grave security risk. This concern was so acute that the actual act of surveying the city was discouraged, lest it result in some illicit map. While the military was stonewalling the scientific surveying of Vienna, civilian administrators and commercial interests urgently required an accurate general map to effectively carry out their mandates. Since the end of the Seven Years’ War in 1763, tensions over the matter had brewed between military and civilian stakeholders. Begrudgingly, the military consented to surveys of Vienna for civilian use. From 1769 to 1774, Joseph Daniel von Hüber created a monumental building-by-building panoptic view of Vienna, published as Scenographie oder Geometrische Perspect Residenz Stadt Wien (Vienna, 1777). Importantly, however, Hüber’s work only depicted the city within and immediately around its walls, a view of limited military utility. The first scientific map of Vienna and its suburbs was Joseph Anton Nagel’s Grundriß der Kayserlich-Königlichen Residenz-Stadt Wien, Ihrer Vorstädte und deren anstoßenden Orte Grundrissplan von Wien mit Vorstädten und Linienwall (1780-1). Enter Maximilian von Grimm, a cartographer who had gained great acclaim for his excellent map of Antwerp, Austrian Netherlands (Belgium), entitled Plan der Stadt Antwerpen an der Schelde in Oestreichischen Niederlanden (Augsburg, 1785). The leading Austrian map publishing firm of Artaria & C
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