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Mainz in the Middle Ages in Early Lithography

Rare lithographic map of Mainz in the Middle Ages, prepared by Mainz historian Johann Friedrich Franz Lehne and lithographed by Zimmerman in Mainz.

Lehne's plan of the city of Mainz is drawn from Johann Wetter's manuscript plan of Mainz, which was preserved in the town archives.  The map provides give a detailed description and designation of the family farms of the former Mainz patricians (Noblemen).   Over 120 houses are located with the names of owners, along with numerous gates to the city, names of towers along the city walls and a depiction of medieval arms of the city and most important institutions.

The map describes The title continues?

Diesem Plane liegt die Aufnahme von 1594 zum Grunde; Namen und Lage der vorzueglichsten Gebaeude aber sind nach Urkunden frueherer Jahrhunderte, nach Zinsbuechern und den aeltesten Stadtvisitationen, bestimmt

This plan is based on the admission of 1594; However, the names and locations of the most excellent buildings are determined according to documents from earlier centuries, according to interest books and the oldest city searches

A further note references earlier houses which could not be located, noting:

  • The house of the Nibelungen, an old Mainz family that died out before 1331, was on Grabeborn in the cherry orchard, but the place itself cannot be determined with certainty.
  • The house of the Frideruna family that died out in the 14th century; was in Neustadt on the Stephansberge.

Johann Friedrich Franz Lehne (1771-1836) was a professor of fine arts in Metz . Lehne gained regional fame primarily through the composition of Jacobean literature in a wide variety of forms, such as texts for revolutionary songs or poems. He later worked in Mainz as a senior city librarian, newspaper publisher and regional historian. His Roman and medieval collections formed the basis for the founding of the Mainz Antiquities Museum.  


OCLC locates 1 example (Universitats und Landesbibliotek Darmstadt)

Condition Description
Soiled and irregularly toned.