Very significant first edition of the first comprehensive world atlas published in Czech language, with geographical naming in Czech language. The main aim of the publishers was to promote the use of the Czech language. It was published during the peak phase of Czech National Revival movement, which aimed to revive the Czech language, culture and national identity, after the country experienced Germanisation which begun in 1620 as a result of the Battle of the White Mountain (Bitva na Bílé Hoře).
The author of the maps Václav Merklas (Wácslaw Merklas) was a Czech engraver, cartographer and globe maker who also produced the first globes in Czech language. Although Merklas was very skilled engraver, his atlas maps were simple copies of Stieler with little to no invention. His greatest focus and contribution was the nomenclature - coming up with new Czech geographical names for countries, cities and regions.
The list of 26 maps:
Softcover with title page on the front cover, Front cover stained, spine and back cover reinforced with old paper tape. One map has pencil notes on the margin. The last map (Australia) has reinforced edge. Complete, with all pages attached to binding.
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