MILLITARY CARTOGRAPHY / SAXONY, GERMANY: Map of a Military Field by Zeithein [Plan des Lagers bei Zeithain]
A rare map with blank spaces, meant to be filled in by hand, was printed to showcase the drill of the military troops of the Electorate of Saxony in the area between Leipzig and Dresden.
Author: G. F. MYLIUS
Place and Year: [Probably Dresden, circa 1730].
Technique: Copper engraving on hand-made paper with a large water-mark, 83 x 54 cm (32.6 x 21.2 inches) (tiny tears in margins, soft fold, tiny tears in margins, very light foxing, otherwise in a good condition).
An unusual map with larger blank spaces showcases an area in Saxony, between Zeithain, Glaubitz, Streumen and Lichtensee, east of Leipzig and north of Dresden and Meißen.
The field between the towns, on the place of the blank space was reserved for royal military drills, under Augustus II the Strong, Elector of Saxony, Imperial Vicar, elected King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania.
The blank spaced were supposed to be filled in with manuscript annotations, marking different stages of the troops during the drill and the cartouche with the text, describing the drill. (for similar maps of military drills on the same area see:https://www.archivportal-d.de/item/5KMMO4MRN4EY3NNYIOZMY2H2TJG5UA4C).
Today the area is a protected natural reservoir (Gohrischheide und Elbniederterrasse Zeithain)
Another known example of the map, in this case ornated winth hand-drawn margins, is held at the Saxonian Regional Library in Dresden (Sächsische Landesbibliothek - Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden) (http://www.deutschefotothek.de/documents/obj/70400392/df_dk_0002956)
References: OCLC 315677505.