BG-11671-37

Antique Frontispiece (v.16) of Meyer's Universum (1854)

  • Condition: Fair/good, general age-related toning. Shows some wear and soiling, blank verso. Please study image carefully.
  • Date: 1854
  • Overall size: 26.5 x 19 cm.
  • Image size: 11 x 9 cm.
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Description: Antique frontispiece of volume 16 of 'Meyer's Universum' including a scene of Syria, published 1854.

Artists and Engravers: Joseph Meyer (May 9, 1796 - June 27, 1856) was a German industrialist and publisher, most noted for his encyclopedia, Meyers Konversations-Lexikon. Meyer operated very successfully as a publisher, employing a system of serial subscription to publications, which was new at that time. To this end he founded a company, Bibliographisches Institut, in Gotha in 1826. It published several editions of the Bible, works of classical literature ("Miniatur-Bibliothek der deutschen Classiker", "Groschen-Bibliothek"), atlases, the world in pictures on steel engravings ("Meyers Universum", 1833–61, 17 volumes in 12 languages with 80,000 subscribers all over Europe), and an encyclopaedia.