Following the Rhine
Friedrich Foltz. Der Rheinstrom von Mainz bis Cöln = The Rhine from Mayence to Cologne. Mainz: J. Halenza, 1870s.
This is basically a tourist map from the late 19th century, which was “picturesquely and topographicaly [sic] drawn and engraved on steel” (subtitle). The Rhine valley is famous for old cities, castles, and romantic views. Already in the 19th century this was one of the most popular and famous routes for tourists. This map, with its accordion-style fold, allowed one to keep a sturdy, informative map at hand, without dealing with a scroll.
Saint John’s University Rare Book Collection
Training the mountains
Carl von Etzel. Oesterreichische Eisenbahnen, entworfen und ausgeführt in den Jahren 1857 bis 1867. [Vienna, 1864-1867?]
Built in the mid-19th century, the Brenner Railway was a technological marvel for its time. The elevations and physical terrain to overcome were tremendous. Of the original larger set of materials related to the construction of the railway, Saint John’s only owns this uniquely styled, fold-out map and an accompanying chart showing the elevations. The map only follows the narrow path of the Brenner Pass, and turns when the railway’s route turns.
Saint John’s University Rare Book Collection (uncataloged)