Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Early Maps of Bohemia: J C Muller & Paul Aretinus #austria-czech


Paul King
 

Peter Barber (5 June 2008) and Frank Eisinger (14 & 16 June 2008) have drawn
attention to the outstanding maps of Moravia and Bohemia surveyed and drawn
by Johann Christoph Muller in the second and beginning of the third decade
of the 18th c. (1710s - 1720s). The maps are on-line and I repeat the
address for readers who may have missed this:

http://oldmaps.geolab.cz/map_region.pl?z_height=500&lang=en&z_
width=800&z_newwin=0&map_root=mul&map_region=ce.

Information about Muller, and thus about the maps, is hard to come by, but
there is at least one on-line article which gives a glimpse of the
background to the Moravian, Bohemian and Silesian (the last cut short by
death of Muller, but continued by others) maps. See

http://209.85.135.104/search?q=cache:0xtgj61_W44J:hrcak.srce.hr/index.php%

or find it through a search engine under 'Cartography and
Geoinformation', the September 2004 issue which gives a full Croatian and
English translation of an article on Muller by Antal Deak et al. relating
mainly to the area of Croatia, but concluding with remarks on his Moravian,
Bohemian and Silesian maps. The bibliography supplies several German
encyclopaedia sources for J C Muller. The Moravian map has an index of
place-names and the Bohemian map has a symbols (pictorials) index in the
lower left side in Latin and German. The symbols include parish and county
capitals, cloisters, symbols for mineral resources, and even river
crossings, among others.

The best map of Bohemia prior to the Muller map is Paulis Aretinus' 1619 map
of Bohemia which can be found in an article by Karel Kuchar, "A Map of
Bohemia of the Time of the Thirty Year's [sic] War" in Imago Mundi 2, 1964:
75-77. Most place names on this interesting map are hard to read, even when
the photocopy is enlarged, but if you know locations of towns and nearby
villages, you may be able to identify them.

As more genners of Austria-Czech Sig begin to locate ancestors >from the 1793
census, the chances that these ancestors lived in the same area for a few
generations prior to this time are quite high. The geographical aspects of
family history add an important dimension to the understanding of
demographic mobility and sometimes comprehension of occupational
undertakings.

Paul King
Jerusalem


Paul King

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