Map of Bavaria, 1766, Desnos and Brion
Bavaria, 1766, Desnos and Brion
A neighbor to the German Confederation and France, Bavaria was a nation with a rich landscape and history, but was often overlooked by its stronger European neighbors and overpowered by the Austrians. In 1766, it was part of the Holy Roman Empire. The Wittlesbach Dynasty was in command of 18th century Electorate of Bavaria then, and Maximilian III Joseph - the last of his line - was admired for his intelligence and humility.
Putting his people first, he was able to recover lost lands from the Austrians. An Enlightenment leader through and through, he was less concerned with international politics and prestige, and instead focused on the improvement of his own nation. He was a great supporter of agriculture, industry, and science. He founded the Bavarian Academy of the Sciences in 1759. To promote free thought, he also decreased censorship of the press. Also in 1766, the Bavarian group, the Order of Saint Elizabeth, was founded as a woman's organization to promote charitable acts amongst the elite. Many 19th and 20th century princess and archduchesses across Europe were members of the organization.
This illustrious map was published in 1766. It was created by royal cartographers Brion de La Tour (1743-1803) and Louis Charles Desnos (1725-1805), who worked for King Louis XV of France. Taken from Geographie Moderne, Historique et Politique, it has a lovely border design and elegant cartouche. It displays a strong Neoclassical influence with hints of the Rococo, a lighthearted style of art popular in France at the time of the map's creation.
- Onastasia Youssef
Sheet size: 25.5" x 19.5"
Condition: Some foxing, but otherwise in fine antiquarian condition