The first detailed plan of Berlin

By SCHMETTAU, Samuel Graf von, 1757 

Plan de la Ville de Berlin Capitale de l’Electorat de Brandebourg et la Residence Ordinaire du Roi de Prusse.

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  • Author: SCHMETTAU, Samuel Graf von
  • Publication place: Berlin and Amsterdam
  • Publisher: Chez le Sr. Neaulm Libraire
  • Publication date: 1757.
  • Physical description: Engraved plan, table to plan to left and right margin, key and scale bar below.
  • Dimensions: 520 by 730mm (20.5 by 28.75 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 2428


Schmettau’s detailed plan of mid eighteenth century Berlin.

To the right and left of the plan is a table listing, roads, public buildings, churches and chapels, parade grounds, bridges, and gardens. The present plan is reduced from Schmettau’s plan on four sheets, which he had published as a companion piece (and upon the same scale) to L’Abbé de la Grive’s plan of Paris published in 1740.

Samuel Graf von Schmettau (1684–1751) was a successful soldier in the Prussian army. Schmettau retired from the service in 1742 and spent his remaining years in the service of Emperor Charles VII as ambassador to the French court. He was also a member of the Royal Academy of Sciences in Paris, and a keen surveyor.