Legacy of Empire - a teaser

I think I just saw the biggest map I ever saw. At least, a corner of it.

The map is Regna Galiciæ, et Lodomeriæ... (Lemberg [Lvov], 1794) and was, for me, the centrepiece of Bruce Peel's new, "Legacy of Empire: Treasures of the University of Alberta's Central European Library Collection." The Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomaria was the name given by the Hapsburgs to the region they annexed following the First Partition of Poland (1772). Jesuit astronomer Joseph Liesganig began the survey, which was completed by Joseph Marx von Lichtenstern, a military surveyor. The forty-nine sheets that make up the complete map were engraved by Gottfried Prixner. The cartouche, "depicts a personification of the rivers and natural wealth of the land."1

"Legacy of Empire" marks the 10th anniversary of the Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies and was arranged by its director, Franz A.J. Szabo. It runs until December. (More info and pix in a few days.)

In conjunction, the William C. Wonders Map Collection is staging a display of "Early maps of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Hungary and Central Europe [...] featuring Hungarian maps recently donated by J. Eugene Horvath." This show only runs until Sept. 21st, so, as my father would say, "You'd best get at 'er." (Cameron Library, 4th floor) I haven't seen this one, yet. Stay tuned.


1 Szabo, Franz A.J. Legacy of Empire: treasures of the University of Alberta's Central European library collection. (Edmonton, U. of Alberta P., 2008) p. 28. Catalogue item #29.