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1831 Lizars Map of Poland and Lithuania

Poland and Lithuania. - Main View

1831 Lizars Map of Poland and Lithuania


Shows the 'Fourth Partition of Poland' following the Napoleonic Wars.



Poland and Lithuania.
  1831 (undated)     16.5 x 20.5 in (41.91 x 52.07 cm)


An exceptional example of Daniel Lizars' 1831 map of Poland and Lithuania. Lizars' map covers Poland following Napoleonic Wars and the treaties of the 1815 Congress of Vienna. Twenty earlier, in 1795 The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth was dismembered and divided between Russia, Prussia, and Austria. During Napoleon's brief period of hegemony in the region he resurrected Poland and Polish hopes for solidarity in the form of the Duchy of Warsaw. Following Napoleon's defeat at the Battle of Waterloo, the Victoria powers repartitioned Poland roughly along the lines of the 1795 Third Partition. This event is often referred to as the 'Fourth Partition of Poland' and reflects the borders presented here. Color coding identifies the powers that controlled each part of Poland with green representing Russia, Austrian claims in yellow, and Prussian dominions in blue. A third zone, highlighted in red, is identified as the 'Kingdom of Poland.' This region, surrounding Warsaw, is often called Congress Poland or the Tsardom of Poland, and was, though nominally independent, in effect a dependency of Imperial Russia. The cartographer attempts to identify the regions ceded in the various partitions with circular date cartouches here and there on the map, but lack of proper edification make these difficult to interpret. Relief is shown by hachure with towns, cities, and major topographical features identified. This map is a steel plate engraving by D. Lizars and prepared for inclusion in the 1831 edition of the edinburgh Geographical and Historical Atlas.


The brothers William (1788-1859) and Daniel Lizars (1754-1812) were Edinburgh map publishers active from roughly 1800 to 1845. Their work follows closely in the style pioneered by Cary, Pinkerton and Thomson, with whom they often worked. William and Daniel's official partnership terminated in 1818, however, each continued to publish separately well into the mid-19th century. Daniel's apprentices included such notable cartographers as George Bartholomew and his own son, Daniel Lizars (1793 - ?) the younger. Daniel, the younger, continued in his father's tradition and most notably invented a method of copperplate engraving that could imitate a woodcut. In 1833, following the Daniel's personal bankruptcy, he emigrated to Canada, where he died many years later. William Lizars continued to publish until his death in 1859 when the firm was acquired by W. & A.K. Johnston, giving birth to another great cartographic tradition. Learn More...


Lizars, D., Edinburgh Geographical and Historical Atlas, (Edinburgh) 1831.    


Very good. Original centerfold. Blank on verso. Original platemark visible.


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