George Bauerkeller’s rare and strikingly modern plan of Frankfurt

By BAUERKELLER, George, 1840 

Neuester Plan der frenen Stadt Frankfurt am Main und Sachsenhausen.

Europe Germany
  • Author: BAUERKELLER, George
  • Publication place: Paris
  • Publisher: C.R. Brunnarius, and G. Bauerkeller & Cie.
  • Publication date: c.1840
  • Physical description: Embossed chromolithograph plan.
  • Dimensions: 440 by 560mm (17.25 by 22 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 2112

Notes

This strikingly modern plan of Frankfurt was published by the German Georg Bauerkeller in around 1840. The plan is printed in 12 colours. The buildings shown in white relief, with major public buildings highlighted in red. Each district is marked out in vivid colour and marked by a letter. To the right is a key together with a brief description of the city. One must also mention the Taunus railway, Frankfurt’s first railway line, which opened in 1839, and is beautifully depicted on the left of the plan.

Little is known about the Bauerkeller cartographic publishing firm. Headed by Georg Bauerkeller, they were apparently based in Darmstadt, Germany, just south of Frankfurt, but also maintained an office in Paris. They were active for about 30 years from the 1830s through the 1860s, and produced maps, plans, and small atlases. They are best known for the maps they produced using the geomontographie’ — the process employed in the production of the present map.

Rare. OCLC only records one institutional copy, that in the BNF.