Ost-Europa, Bl. 4: Central - Russland.
1873 (dated) 14.5 x 17 in (36.83 x 43.18 cm)
This is a beautiful example of Stieler's 1873 map of central Russia. It covers from the eastern part of Lake Ladoga east as far as Perm and south as far as Okhtyrka (Achtyrka), now in the Ukraine. 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 which liberated Russia's countless serfs and is considered to be the most important event in 19th century Russian history. Map is densely detailed with both political and physical data. Various cities, mountains, roads, rivers and an assortment of additional topographical details are noted. Printed to a high production standard, as was typical of German and especially Perthes/Stieler maps of this period. Published by the Justus Perthes firm for issue as plate no. 37d in the 1873 edition of Stieler's Hand-Atlas.
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.
Stieler, A., Stieler's Hand-Atlas (Germany, Perthes) 1873.
Very good. Blank on verso. Original platemark visible. Original centerfold exhibits slight wear.