Paul Trenckmann

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Paul Trenckmann (* 1676 ; † 1747 ) was a German cartographer .

Trenckmann worked as a judge in Geringswalde and was also interested in cartography and surveying as a part-time job. According to his own statement, by 1718 he had the entire Leipzig and Thuringian district with the founders Merseburg , Naumburg and Wurzen as well as the Mansfeld territory and several offices of the Kur- and Erzgebirge district under the guidance of the Saxon geographer Adam Friedrich Zürner in special maps.

When it appeared that the second Saxon state survey was coming to an end, Trenckmann offered the Altenburg government to map the entire principality of Saxony-Altenburg . This offer was accepted in 1718 and the resulting new map of the two offices in Altenburg and Ronneburg was printed a few years later in the publishing house of Peter Schenk in Amsterdam . It is furnished entirely in the Zurich style of drawing .

Trenckmann skilfully exploited the fact that his services were also in demand abroad to obtain a second, permanent and well-paid position at the court in Dresden in addition to his job in Geringswalde . After several petitions, he succeeded in getting the supervision of the borders and roads of the Electorate of Saxony in return for an annual salary of 300 thalers. On July 17, 1720 he was employed as a Saxon-Polish border conductor. His son Johann Paul Trenckmann also took measurements, a. a. 1731–33 as conductor of Adam Friedrich Zürner. This stayed u. a. on July 13, 1724 in Eisleben and determined the locations of the Saxon post mile pillars on Poststrasse from Eisleben to Quedlinburg to Harkerode .

In the following years Trenckmann tried above all to collect the missing geographical information from the Saxon authorities and cities, for which he traveled a lot in the country and at the same time supervised the streets and borders. His records from that time are now available as valuable regional historical sources in the Saxon Main State Archives in Dresden .


His son, Johann Paul Trenckmann, made the copper engraved map "COMITATVS SCHOENBURGENSIS .... Hartenstein et Dynastia Stein ... Remissau, Rochsburg, Penig, Wechselburg, Oelsnitz, Ziegelheim ..." about the Schönburg lordships , published in 1760 has been.