Tabula nova provinciarum Rheni / [Lotharingia]

Laurent Fries (*1485 - 1532)
Antique woodcut map of the Lorraine, Palatinate, Baden-Württemberg. Printed in Lyon by Gaspar Trechsel in 1541.

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One of the Earliest Maps of the Southwestern Part of Germany.

Very early woodcut map of Southwest Germany by Laurent Fries after Martin Waldseemüller. Shows the Black Forest, the Alsace and the Palatinate with the Rhine river from Basel, via Breisach, Strasbourg, Rastatt, Durlach (Karlsruhe), Speyer to Mainz. With Heidelberg and Frankfurt in the northeast. The map is oriented to the west and was published in the Lyon edition of the Ptolemy's Geographia from 1541. A woodcut map of the Lorraine on verso.

The origin of this map is the first so called "Modern Atlas" by Martin Waldseemuller since it is the first Ptolemy edition with twenty new regional maps beside the traditional twenty-seven Ptolemaic maps derived from the 1482 Ulm edition. The Atlas is titled Geographie opus Novissima Traductione e Grecorum Archetypis and published by Johann Schott in Strasbourg in 1513 and is one of the most important edition of the Ptolemy Atlases. In 1520 a second edition of the atlas was printed by Schott from the same woodcut blocks. It was reissued in 1522 and 1525 by Laurent Fries and Johannes Gruninger with size reduced maps. The wood blocks of Fries found their way into the ownership of Melchior and Gaspar Trechsel in Lyon. This map is the fourth printing of the woodcut maps from the 1541 Lyon edition. Latin text on verso.


CartographerLaurent Fries
TitleTabula nova provinciarum Rheni / [Lotharingia]
Publisher, YearGaspar Trechsel, Lyon, 1541
Plate Size26.7 x 43.0 cm (10.5 x 16.9 inches)
Sheet Size41.5 x 53.5 cm (16.3 x 21.1 inches)


Minor browning. Very good conditions.


Laurent Fries was a French physician and mathematician born around 1485 in Mulhouse. He settled finally in Strassburg where he meat Peter Apian and the publisher Johannes Grüninger which made him interested in the Ptolemy Atlas of 1513 and 1520. Fries made new woodcut maps in reduced size. His Ptolemy Atlas was published first in 1522, reissued in 1525, 1535 and 1541. He died in 1532.

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Antique woodcut map of the Lorraine, Palatinate, Baden-Württemberg. Printed in Lyon by Gaspar Trechsel in 1541.

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