Franz Johann Joseph von Reilly

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The scene of the five parts of the world. First part , Vienna 1789

Franz Johann Joseph von Reilly (born August 18, 1766 in Vienna ; † July 6, 1820 there ) was an Austrian publisher , cartographer and writer .

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Colored copper engraving 1792 a. a. Lordship of Wörth on the Danube

Franz Johann Joseph von Reilly was born as the son of the court master Johann Reilly. At first he worked in the civil service, but then devoted himself exclusively to geography. Between 1789 and 1806 the atlas Schauplatz der Five Parts der Welt was written , but on its 830 sheets it deals only with Europe. After the School Atlas (1791–92) and the General Description of the Earth (3 volumes, 1792–93), he published the first (complete) Austrian world atlas with the title Grosser deutscher Atlas from 1794 to 1796 . In 1796 the adjustment series Historical and Pictorial Presentation of the Regiments of the Erzhaus Oesterreich was created , in 1799 the General Post Atlas of the Whole World - the world's first atlas of this kind.


After his creative period as a map editor, he wrote the following works:

  • 1801 Library of Jokes (6 volumes)
  • 1808 picture newspaper for children (six languages)
  • 1809 Sinn- und Herzmann, or Who rules Austria now?
  • 1809 Catechism of the latest description of the earth (2nd edition 1818)
  • 1810 On the marriage of Napoleon and Ludoviken
  • 1813 Noradin or Feen-Helden-Ritter- und Romanen-Spiegel (2nd edition 1814; his main literary work)
  • 1813 Sketched biographies of the most famous generals in Austria from Maximilian I to Franz II.
  • 1816 epistles in three books (2nd edition 1819)


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