Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Welcome to my Blog - Rhine Maps in Leporello Form

This blog is a listing and is very much a work in progress - it will be updated and probably changed (i.e. individual map numbering) until I am satisfied I have all maps I am looking for. The idea is to catalogue all Rhine leporello maps published before 1900. If you think you can help with useful information, please contact me.

On the following pages you will find a listing of all the maps of the Rhine which I have researched or collected over the years. You will find over 60 maps listed here from Sir John Carr's map included in his travel book published in 1807 to a selection of Rhine leporellos printed and published in the early 20th century.

Numbering system:

The numbering is based very much on Sattler (see below) with a slight amount of variation and flexibility which I have allowed myself. It is my private numbering system. Sattler, in his very solid listing prepared for an exhibition of Rhine maps held in Cologne (1995), used a lettering system from A - N. I have attempted to incorporate this in my own listing. However, I have added an extra category AA for precursors to Rhine strip maps in order to show just a few examples of the genre which was existant before Delkenkamp's breakthrough of the leporello map. For those not familiar with the term, a leporello is simply a long fold out strip and was popularly used for photo albums in the late nineteenth century in many countries. It was the use of this technique to represent the Rhine river which was a great breakthrough.

My aim when I began collecting panorama maps of the Rhine was to concentrate on the years up to and around the end of the nineteenth century, hence my numbering finishes with category I. As well as information on the map or maps in my collection - which I am selling - you will also find information on variant states which I have come across or versions which I believe to exist. If you can add to the information on these pages please do contact me.

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AA. Early Rhine maps

A. The original Rhine Panorama as strip map

B. First Rhine panoramas – leporellos with no illustrations

C. The introduction of the side illustrations

D. Experiments

E. Simplification

F. Masterpieces of steel engraving

G. Masterpieces of lithography

H. Photolithographic colour – single tone, blue or sepia

I. Commercialisation - full colour and cheap printing

I have used the following sources extensively. I apologise if I have quoted without using strict reference guidelines.

Holzhäuer, Hanne: Der Rhein im Panorama - 1825 bis heute: Badische Landesbibliothek: 2002.

Sattler, Alfred: Rheinpanoramen - Reisehilfen und Souvenirs: Verkehrsamtes der Stadt Köln: 1993. Catalogue to accompany the exhibition of the same name.

Sattler, Alfred: Rheinpanoramen - Reisehilfen und Souvenirs: Alfred Sattler: 1995. Catalogue/Handout produced for the 10th Kölner Antiquariatsmesse.

Schmitt, Michael: Die illustrierten Rhein-Beschreibungen (Städteforschung C/7): Böhlau Verlag, Köln, Weimar, Wien: 1996.

Zögner, Lothar: Flüsse im Herzen Europas: Kartenabteilung der Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin: 1993. Catalogue to accompany exhibition held in four locations - Bonn-Bad Godesberg, Berlin, Bremerhaven and Regensburg. 

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1 comment:

  1. Hello Kit,
    You have some very fascinating information here, thank you for sharing it. I believe that I have a copy of the Karl Rüdiger Bremer & Co., K39 Rheinlauf von Mainz bis Köln.100Da. (1925) ... mentioned in the colour photolithography section. If any photos would be helpful to you, I'd be happy to send them. Just let me know via
    Best of luck to you in this endeavor.

    Tami Rotchford