This beautiful copperplate engraved map shows a large region in central Europe between the Black and Baltic Seas and includes portions of modern day Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Germany, and the Czech Republic. At the time of publication, the majority of the territory was under the sovereignty of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, and its coat of arms can be seen in the upper left.
The image is densely packed with place names and pictorial depictions of geographic features like hills and forests. Old hand color distinguishes between the various political components of the country, which was alternatively known as the Crown of the Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Several cities, usually situated on rivers, are depicted as surrounded by fortifications, while others show small flags or cross-staffs which identify local institutions.
Apart from the aforementioned heraldry, the decorative cartouche also includes allegorical figures alluding to the martial prowess of the nation and images of bee hives and sheaves of wheat – two reflections on local industrial and agricultural prosperity.
Published in Nuremberg by Johann Baptiste Homann in 1759.
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