Attractive antique map of Hanover, Germany, made for John Luffman's delightful pocket atlas, the "Select plans..." Hanover, now an industrial town in the state of Lower Saxony, constituted an important center of trade and defense for 18th and 19th century central Europe, despite technically being associated with the United Kingdom due to the Hanovarian line. Shortly after the publication of this map, in 1803, Hanover would be annexed by France. The ascension of Queen Victoria in 1837 led to the demise of this union as the Hanovarian line could only pass to a male heir, and Hanover became an independent kingdom.
Luffman's Select Plans is an uncommon traveler's guide that served to educate the intrepid traveler regarding any part of the world, from the major cities of Europe to the wild coasts of the Spice Islands. Each of Luffman's maps contained detailed coastal descriptions showing the major landmarks and cities, as well as basic but necessary navigational information. This plate appeared in the first of Luffman's two volumes.