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:
  • 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

Next update: August 9

re 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

  • (MapsHistoricalUpTo1795):
  • 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

  • (TownViewsN-U):
  • New to this site: c. 1618 Bertius (geographer): "Riga" (681 KB), Amsterdam
200 metų ąžuolas. 200-
year-old oak in
Mažeikiai, Lithuania,
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
Jonathan Potter:
German version
by Johannes
Esaias Nilson.
Jean-Michel Moreau.
From WikiGallery
1697 Philipp Clüver: "Veteris et Novae Regni Poloniae Magniq Ducatus Lithuaniae..." Leyden. From  
"Introductionis in Universam Geographicum," issued 1650 -  mid-1700's.
From Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps: