Hello/Labas! I'm Andrew Kapochunas (Kapočiūnas) and this site reflects my interest in maps of the
historic Lithuanian area:"The Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania," 1569 - 1791,
followed by the Grand Duchy of Lithuania within the "Polish Republic," 1791-1795. At one point it
covered 400,000 square miles and was the largest country in Europe. It's the area represented today by
Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Kaliningrad Oblast, eastern Poland and western Ukraine. So if you
or your ancestors are from any of these areas, you will find maps here of interest.
What hasn't existed, before this site, is a single source for:
- Information on mapmakers of this historic Lithuanian area
- Historic-Lithuanian-area map images, sorted by date, from 1467 to 1956
- The history that explains the shifting boundaries of Lithuania
- Sites selling historic and contemporary maps of the historic Lithuanian area
- Biographies of mapmakers of this area, hotlinked to their maps
- Global auctions and fairs for historic-Lithuanian-area maps
Totals to date:
I update the site every Friday, listing below the newly-added maps, town views and prints.
- 2,001 unique maps showing the historic-Lithuanian area
- 533 additional higher-magnification detail images of those maps
- 124 19th century and earlier town views, prints -- and reverse sides of map playing/collectible cards
- 53 mapmaker biographies, many with illustrations
- 34 hotlinks to additional map resources, including upcoming map fairs
April 18 adds: 10 maps
Where do visitors to this site come from? As of this week, visitors' countries of origin:
1. USA: 27.9%; 2. Latvia: 15.9%; 3. Lithuania: 11.9%; 4. Germany: 7.7%; Other: 36.6%
80% of all visitors to this site each week are new.
- 1648 Janssonius Family (publishers): "LITHUANIA" (447KB), Amsterdam, from a reissue of the Mercator-
Hondius "Atlas Minor" re-engraved by Pieter van den Keere
- 1666 Janssonius Family (publishers): "NOVA TOTIVS LIVONIAE accurata Descriptio" (575KB),
- 1700 van der Aa (publisher): "LA POLOGNE, Suivant les Nouvelles Observations..." (658KB),
Amsterdam -- a map with a decorative border which also appeared in his 1713 "Nouvelle Theatre Du Monde"
- 1730 Homann (geographer/cartographer): "DVCATVVM LIVONIAE et CVRLANDIAE..," Nürnberg, in a
second and third version (642KB, 646KB)
- 1827 de St. Martin (geographer): "Carte du Nouveau Royaume de Pologne relevant de la Russie
avec les Parties Limitrophes du Royaume de Prusse, et des Empires de Russie et d'Autriche qui
repondent a ll'etendue de l'ancien Royme. Polonais" (3.1MB), Paris, dated 1824, from his "Atlas
Universel...," showing the "new" Kingdom of Poland, after the partitions, and after recovering some of Prussia's
- 1859 Barons (writer/geographer): "Lantkahrte no latweeschu semmes Barons, Krišjānis, n.d.
Landmap of Latvians. (s.l.): Dorpat, G.A. Reyhers" (Landmap of Latvians) (1.5MB), Dorpat.
From the first book of Baltic geography in the Latvian language: “Mūsu tēvzemes aprakstīšana…” (The
description of our fatherland…). An appendix to this book was the map of Latvia - the first cartographic work
in Latvian by a Latvian author
- (MapsEuropeOverTime) 1676 Speed (historian/cartographer): "A Map of Russia"(4.4MB), London,
drawn from Blaeu's maps, from "Speed's Prospect of The Most Famous Parts of the World"
- 1253 Gulbis: "Old Courland" (1.6MB), drawn 1938
- 1772 Bansemer - Zaleski: "POLAND in 1772, after the first Partition" ( 7.5MB), published 1837
200 metų ąžuolas. 200-
year-old oak in
by Aras Mileska
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1773 Robert Sayer (pubisher): "The Troelfth Cake (also the The Twelfth Cake, The Royal Cake, The Cake of
Kings, from the French: Le gâteau des rois, Polish: Kołacz królewski, Placek królewski) is a 1773 French allegory
and satire for the First Partition of Poland. It is likely that the original title in English was intended to say "The
Twelfth Cake," alluding to the division of a King Cake (also called a Twelfth Cake), but corrupted in later reprints.
There are at least four variants of this drawing, most common in the form of an engraving, but also as at least one
color painting; the original was likely drawn by Jean-Michel Moreau le Jeune and engraved by Nicolas Noël Le
Mire (although another source calls them merely the authors of the most famous variant). The Troelfth Cake
shows the rulers of the three countries that participated in the partition tearing apart a map of the Polish-
Lithuanian Commonwealth. The outer figures demanding their share are Catherine II of Russia and Frederick II of
Prussia. Catherine is glaring at her former lover, the Polish king Stanisław August Poniatowski, and (in some
variants of the engraving) Frederick is pointing to Danzig (Gdańsk) with a sword (although Prussia acquired the
territories around it, Gdańsk still remained with the Commonwealth). The inner figure on the right is the Habsburg
Emperor Joseph II. On his left is the beleaguered Stanisław August Poniatowski, who (in some variants of the
engraving) is experiencing difficulty keeping his crown on his head, and in another, has already lost it. Above the
scene is Pheme (with manifestos from the partitioning powers in the German variant). The drawing gained
notoriety in contemporary Europe; its distribution was banned in several European countries, including France.
This ban, and associated penalties, meant that many variants of this work have been anonymous. (From Wikipedia)
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|The first partition of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth: 1772
|French original engraving.
From Jonathan Potter: jpmaps.co.uk
|German version by Johannes
Esaias Nilson. From WikiCommons