Berlin: Reichsamt für Landesaufnahme, 1931. First edition. Hardcover. Oblong Elephant Folio (19 1/4 x 25 1/4"). (1) 57 plates. Brown cloth portfolio with 57 bolted heavy paper stock linen-backed maps. Textured tan endpapers. Published by the Reichs-Department of Geological Surveying. 57 color maps (app. 18 1/2 x 22 1/2") on the scale of 1:300,000 spanning from the southern part of Denmark in the northwest to the eastern parts of Lithuania and Basel and Salzburg in the south with one b/w overview compartmentalized into 57 sectors at font. The names of the cities of Lithuania, Poland, and Czechoslovakia are to an extent Germanized whereas villages mostly are named in the respective native language.
The loos leaf atlas contains single maps that could be ordered from the Reichs-Department of Geological Surveying according to its comprehensive 1931 publication. In this portfolio the heavy paper stock maps are pasted down to a linen surface. Map 31 Halle, here numbered M 52 Halle, and map 46, Darmstadt, here numbered L 50 Darmstadt. All maps contain detailed explanation of symbols in margins including small map of respective political borders. Binding and interior in overall very good condition. vg. Item #40879
The atlas was originally conceived as a military overview of Europe in 1893. By 1914 it contained 101 maps but was expanded to 143 maps during WWI. During WWII, particularly from 1941–1943, the compendium was massively expanded to include Finland and the Sovjet Union, including the Ural and Caucasus mountain ranges.