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Number: 3543
Continent: Africa
Region: Continent
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Year of Origin: 1877 (estimated)
Title: Afrika
Publish Origin: Ljubljana
Units: centimeters
Size Class.: Medium
Color Type: Outline Color
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Cartographer: Matej Cigale
Engraver: Friedrich Koke
Publisher: Slovenian Society of Academics
Ljubljana Slovenska matica
Slovenski Atlant
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Notes: [PENDING search by PAHOR SOURCE] SEPARATELY PUBLISHED MAP FROM FIRST SLOVENIAN WORLD ATLAS PROJECT Matej CIGALE (1819-1889), editor. Afrika [Africa] Published in Ljubljana: Slovenska matica [1869-1877], printed in Vienna: Friedrich K?e [1869-1877]. Lithography in colour 39,5 x 49,5 cm (15.5 x 19.5 inches) (soft folds, white margins slightly stained with small tears, otherwise in a good condition). A rare, separately issued map of Africa was published in a project of the first Slovenian atlas of the world, which was started by the Slovenian Society of Academics. The map, which uses the modern geographic terminology for the first time, marks the territory under the Ottoman Empire, British, Dutch, French, Spanish and Portuguese colonies and the Boer Republics. The in-set map showcases the Cape of Good Hope. The project of The Slovenian Atlant In 1868, a Slovenian Society of Academics, the so called Slovenska matica, which was only founded four years prior to that date, launched a project of the first world atlas, printed in Slovenian language. As Slovenia was at the time a part of Austro-Hungary, all the atlases available until then were in German language. The editor of the project was Matej Cigale (1819-1889), a lawyer, judge and linguist, active in Ljubljana and Vienna. Cigale was active as a translator of terminology to south Slavic languages and established himself with his 1853 editing of Juridisch-politische Terminologie. Deutsch-kroatische, serbische und slovenische SeparatAusgabe (Juristic-Political Terminology. GermanCroatian-Serbian and Slovenian Separate Edition). His most famous work is editing of the German-Slovenian dictionary, published in 1860. Cigale was also active as the author and editor of educational books, mostly for schools. Matej Cigale?s main work on the project was searching, editing and inventing correct new geographical terms and translations of the names. Unable to find a lithographer, capable of printing large colourful maps of good quality in their hometown, the Slovenian Society of Academics had to look for a map printer elsewhere. After the initial plans to make copper engravings with the Hildburghausen institute failed, as the costs to produce new copper plates with Slovenian names would be too large, Friedrich K?e from Vienna was chosen to make the maps. He was recommended by the Croatian Academy as a cheap producer of lithographs, which compared to the copper engravings could ?also be pretty enough?. Due to large costs and gigantic amount of work with translations and editing the maps were issued separately over 9 years. In 1869, the title page with a title Slovenski Atlant was printed together with the map of the world in two hemispheres, and until 1877 18 sheets of Atlant were published. Atlant was printed in 2000 examples and the maps could be subscribed or bought separately. The subscription was available to the members of the Society, which in 1869 counted over 1600 members. Today all the sheets from the series of Slovenski Atlant are rare. Only four examples survive in Slovenian libraries (2 in the National and University Library, Miran Jarc Library in Novo Mesto, Slovenian School Museum in Ljubljana). No maps are recorded in institutions worldwide. References: OCLC 780726750., Kolarič, Rudolf: Cigale, Matej (1819?1889). Slovenska biografija. Slovenska akademija znanosti in umetnosti, Znanstvenoraziskovalni center SAZU, 2013. (13. maj 2019). Izvirna objava v: Slovenski bijografski leksikon: 1. zv. Abraham - Erberg. Izidor Cankar et al. Ljubljana, Zadru?na gospodarska banka, 1925. Kacin, Anton: Cigale, Matej (1819?1889). Slovenska biografija. Slovenska akademija znanosti in umetnosti, Znanstvenoraziskovalni center SAZU, 2013. (13. maj 2019). Izvirna objava v: Primorski slovenski biografski leksikon: 3. snopič Bor - Čopič, 1. knjiga. Uredni?ki odbor Gorica, Gori?ka Mohorjeva dru?ba, 1976. Letopis Matice slovenske, Teil 2, poročilo in imenik, 1869, pp. 3, 10. Drago Perko, Jerneja Fridl et al., Atlant, Ljubljana, 2005.
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