1853 Perthes Map of Russia and the Baltic Countries
Description: A fascinating example of the 1853 map of the Baltic countries and Russia. The map covers from Sweden and the Baltic Sea to Moscow, including the modern day countries of estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Poland and Ukraine. An inset along the right margin details the environs of St. Petersburg. Russia at this time was under the suzerainty of Tzar Alexander the II. Alexander is best known for his liberal reforms including the emancipation Reform of 1861. The emancipation Reform freed Russia's countless serfs and is considered to be the most important event in 19th century Russian history. Throughout, the map identifies various cities, towns, rivers and assortment of additional topographical details. Political and regional borders are highlighted in outline color. Unlike other cartographic publishers of the period, the Justus Perthes firm, did not transition to lithographic printing techniques. Instead, all of their maps are copper plate engravings and hence offer a level of character and depth of detail that was impossible to find in lithography or wax-process engraving. All text is in German. Issued as plate no. 36 in the 1854 edition of Stielerís Hand-Atlas.
Date: 1853 (dated)
Source: Stieler's Hand-Atlas (1854 issue).
Cartographer: Justus Perthes (1749 - 1812) was one of the most important German cartographic engravers of the 19th century. Perthes began his publishing empire with the 1784 issue of the famed survey of European nobility known as the Almanac de Gotha. In 1817 Perthes switched his focus to cartographic publishing. From 1817 to 1890 the Perthes firm would issue thousands of maps for more than 20 different atlases. Along with the visionary editors Stieler, Peterman, Meyer and Spruner, the Perthes firm pioneered the Hand Atlas. He also produced a number of important wall maps and case maps. Perthes maps are admired for their steel plate engraving, incredible detail, dedication to accuracy, and fine colorization. The Justus Perthes firm continues to produce maps and atlases to this day. Click here for a list of rare maps from Justus Perthes.
Size: Printed area measures 16 x 14 inches (40.64 x 35.56 centimeters)
Condition: Very Good. Moderate overall foxing. Original centerfold. Blank on verso.
Code: Russia-perthes-1854 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)