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Vorherr, J.M.C.G.

Andeutungen über die öffentlichen Bauwesens in Baiern.

München, Ignaz Joseph Lentner (printer) 1 June 1819.

Reference: 13166
Price: £380 [convert currency]

Full Description

4to. (4)pp, with accompanying folded sheet carrying two litho plans dated 1821 of the village of Freudenbach, before and after replanning. Folded as issued. In good, fresh condition.

An excessively rare contemporary leaflet issued by Johann Michael Christian Gustav von Vorherr (1778-1847), an architect in the service of the Bavarian government and a pioneer of “Landesverschönerung” (landscaped urban planning). From the early 1820s onwards Vorherr was the editor of the Munich-issued architectural periodical Monatsblatt für Bauwesen und Landesverschönerung, but the present leaflet, which sets out a budget and organisational structure for the Bavarian government’s architecture and building inspectorate, predates the periodical by a couple of years. The enclosed sheet of plans, showing the village of Freudenbach (near Creglingen) as it currently existed and as it would look like when replanned by Vorherr on a grid system, has the particular interest that Freudenbach was Vorherr’s birthplace and that the plans therefore show his application of the principles of “Landesverschönerung” to his own native village. They must also be among the earliest examples of “before” and “after” plans used to illustrate a planning scheme for a village in the German countryside.