Arrowsmith’s wall map of Europe

By ARROWSMITH, Aaron, 1807 

Nouvelle Carte Géographique et des Postes de l’Europe d’aprés la derniére Division des Etats et Pays, et ensuite des Traités les plus récens.

Europe Continent of Europe
  • Author: ARROWSMITH, Aaron
  • Publication place: Vienna
  • Publisher: Artaria and Company
  • Publication date: 1807.
  • Physical description: Engraved map, dissected in sixteen sheets and laid on linen.
  • Dimensions: 1230 by 1420mm. (48.5 by 56 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 10830


A wall map of Europe and its post roads. It has two title cartouches, one in French surmounted by a trumpeting putto, and one in German surrounded by decorative elements representing naivgation and warfare. The map covers Europe from Spain and the Strait of Gibraltar to Russia and the Caspian Sea. It was made in the midst of the Napoleonic Wars in Europe; Britain had just formed the Fourth Coalition against France with Prussia, Russia, Saxony and Sweden. However, when the map was in print, the French were still advancing through Europe. Napoleon attacked Russia in February 1807, and created a French duchy in Warsaw later that year.

Aaron Arrowsmith (1750–1823), was the founder of the Arrowsmith dynasty of cartographers. He made a name for himself in 1790 with a Mercator world map, and rose to the position of Hydrographer to the Prince of Wales in 1810 and to the King in 1820.

The publishers, Carlo and Francesco Artaria, originally founded their publishing house in Vienna in 1770 for art and maps. They started printing music eight years later, and went on to publish the work of Joseph Hadyn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.