|Hello/Labas! I'm Andrew Kapochunas (Andrius Kapočiūnas, born in the Lithuanian-Estonian
Displaced Persons camp in Kempten - Allgäu, Germany) 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. According to Steven Seegel, in his
2012 "Mapping Europe's Borderlands," it "...comprised parts of 14 Central and East European countries
-- Austria, Belarus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Russia's Kaliningrad Oblast,
Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, the Slovak Republic, and Ukraine..."
In 2010, Richard Butterwick, in Central Europe, Vol. 8 No. 2, wrote of "...the successor states, nations,
and nation-states of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania: Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Latvia, Poland,
Russia, and Israel (to name but the principal ones)." My focus here is the area represented today by the
three Baltic republics, eastern Poland, the Kaliningrad Oblast, and Belarus -- if you or your ancestors
are from 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 depicted, published from 1507 to 1954
- Ethnographic maps of the historic Lithuanian area from pre-history to World War II
- Political maps of Europe showing Lithuania and/or Poland
- The history that explains the shifting boundaries of Lithuania
- Other sites selling historic and contemporary maps of the historic Lithuanian area
- Other sites with high-definition 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:
- 4,141 uniquely-colored maps of the historic-Lithuanian area in downloadable jpegs
- 718 higher-magnification detail images of some of those maps, where the basic image is not high-definition
- 641 topographic maps from the 19th century onwards showing the area in high definition
- 261 historical maps of the Lithuanian area -- maps created and published long after the time depicted
- 206 political maps of Europe from 900 to 1942 showing Lithuania and/or Poland
- 183 19th century and earlier town views, plans, and prints
- 182 ethnographic maps, categorizing peoples by tribe, language and/or religion
- 141 maps of European Russia, 1550 - 1944, showing Lithuania within and outside the Russian Empire
- 109 maps of Lithuania Minor / Prussian Lithuania
- 66 mapmaker biographies, many with illustrations and keys to identifying states of their maps
- 57 sea charts of the Baltic, 1547 - 1946, focusing on the seacoasts of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia
- 54 hotlinks to additional map resources, including upcoming map fairs
- 27 playing/collectible cards with images of maps
- 6 articles about maps of the historic Lithuanian area
- 0 advertisements or items for sale: this site is 100% educational
Adds, July 27 - August 2:
Next update: August 9
- 10 maps, 3 of which are "New to this site"
- 1 higher-magnification detail image of a new map
- 1 town view
- 1 mapmaker biography: Danckerts Family, and a guide for distinguishing between the two states
of "Regni Poloniӕ et Ducatus Lithuaniӕ Volniӕ Podoliӕ Vcraniӕ Prvssiӕ et Cvrlandiӕ"
- 1 new resource for digital maps: the Map Collection of August von Haxthausen at the University
of Münster, Germany
Where do visitors to this site come from? Visitors' countries of origin, last 91 days:
1. USA: 60.1%; 2. Russia: 13.7%; 3. Latvia: 6.1%; 4. Ukraine: 5.3%; 5. Other: 14.8%
- Robert Morden (mapmaker/publisher) - Richard Lamb (engraver): "A New Mapp of the Estates of the
Crown of Poland. Containing: the Kingdom of Poland, the Dutchies & Provinces of Prussia.
Cuiavia. Mazovia. Russia Nigra. Lithuania. Podolia. Volhinia the Ukraine &c.," London, was
published in two states:
- New to this site: 1672 (408 KB), in the First State, because of the names of the sellers of the map in a
secondary cartouche: "Robert Morden, John Seller and Arthur Tucker"
- 1680 (717 KB), in the Second State, as well as a detail image of the cartouche (401 KB), and showing, in a
secondary cartouche, that the map was being sold by "Robert Morden and Robert Greene"
- New to this site: c. 1690 "Das Königreich Pohlen, und Grosherzogthum Litthauen." (1.0 MB).
New not only to this site, but to "IMAGO POLONIAE"
- Danckerts Family (engravers/publishers): "Regni Poloniӕ et Ducatus Lithuaniӕ Voliniӕ Podoliӕ
Vcraniӕ Prvssiӕ et Cvrlandiӕ," Amsterdam, with new versions of both the First State, published after
the Danckerts' family -- not Justus -- received a "Cum Privelegio" in 1684, and of the Second State, a revised
plate published c. 1700 after the family's "privilege" was renewed in 1699 for another 15 years
- c. 1690 (1.1 MB)
- c. 1690 (2.3 MB)
- c. 1700 (3.8 MB)
- c. 1700 (1.5 MB)
- c. 1700 (728 KB)
- 1697 C. Danckerts (engraver/publisher): "Regni Poloniæ et Ducatus Lithuaniæ Voliniӕ Podoliӕ
Ucraniӕ Prussiӕ et Curlandiӕ..." (771 KB), in a new version
- New to this site: "Fernhandelsstraßen und Wanderungswege in Osteuropa im 9. bis 11.
Jahrhundert" (Long- distance trade and migration routes in Eastern Europe in the 9th
to 11th centuries) (258 KB), also depicting burial sites of Scandinavian origin in historic Lithuania
- New to this site: c. 1618 Bertius (geographer): "Riga" (681 KB), Amsterdam