France: 1851. Condition: Title-page and eight hand-drawn color maps with tissue interleaves; disbound. Some generally unobtrusive foxing. Detached cover present but significantly stained and lacking the upper right tip; author, title and place printed in gilt within an elaborate cartouche. Lacking rear board. Sheet size: about 19 ¾ x 13 ½." Item #3761
This elegantly and colorfully rendered world atlas, presumably by a French schoolgirl, was undoubtedly modeled on a standard school atlas from the mid-nineteenth century, although we were not able to identify the exact atlas that was used. It consists of eight maps and a title page. At one time, it was handsomely bound. What survives is a well-worn cover, the opulence of which indicates the high esteem in which Maria Rinneberg's cartographic efforts were held. The cover provides details of authorship – highly decorated and in gilt:
ECOLE ST SAVEUR
The maps are:
5. Amérique Septentrionale
6. Amérique Méridionale
An attempt to learn about Mlle. Rinneberg provided scant results. An Internet search does produce a Maria Rinneberg, an officier d'académie, as the author of a 1900 book on the poetry of Boileau for young women. It is not difficult to imagine that the young woman who created such an exceptional atlas would herself enter the world of academia.
This delightful atlas sets a high standard for 19th century schoolgirl (or schoolboy) cartographic achievements.