Rónai András: Közép-Európa atlasz-egy térképmű mesterfokon Lux e praeterito lucens futura illuminat tempora (A múlt fénye világítja meg a jövőt)

Klinghammer István
2008 unpublished
Atlas of Central Europe by András Rónai: a masterpiece of cartography From December 1940 until May 1945 Rónai acted as director of the Institute of Political Sciences at Budapest. According to the verbal testament of Count P. Teleki immediately prior to his suicide (he probably anticipated an eventual defeat of the Axis Powers) Rónai launched a project to publish an Atlas of Central Europe containing a series of predominantly thematic maps which was compiled from more than 3.5 million
more » ... l data published by ten states of the region in the 1930s and 40s (environment, population, economy, transport etc.). The atlas (at a scale of ca 1:6 250 000) represents an area from Saxony to Lemberg (west to east), up to the Abruzzi and Foggia in Italy, Albania, Skopje and Edirne (down to south). This volume of 171 maps with an extensive explanatory notes (altogether 367 pages) had been edited and drawn at the Institute, which was relocated to Balatonfüred at the end of the war. A limited number of rotaprint copies (quasi-proofs) were produced by 15th March 1945. The Soviet troops took the sett lement ten days aft er. From the material a digital facsimile was produced at the Department of Cartography of Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest and the Atlas was printed out anew in 1993. It provides an image of Central Europe on the eve of World War II.