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. 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..."
 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 and historical maps of the historic Lithuanian area from pre-history to World War II
  • Political maps of Europe showing historic Lithuania and/or Poland
  • 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:
  • 2,203 unique maps, total, showing the historic-Lithuanian area
  •     546 additional higher-magnification detail images of those maps
  •     450+ topographic maps showing the area in fine detail
  •     158 historical maps of the Lithuanian area -- maps created and published  long after the time depicted
  •     138 political maps of Europe showing Lithuania and/or Poland
  •     125 19th century and earlier town views, prints -- and reverse sides of map playing/collectible cards
  •         73 ethnographic maps, categorizing peoples by tribe, language and/or religion
  •       54 mapmaker biographies, many with illustrations
  •       34 hotlinks to additional map resources, including upcoming map fairs
  •        17 sea charts of the Baltic, 1584 - 1922, focusing on the sea around Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia
  •          0 advertisements or items for sale: this site is 100% educational

I try to update the site every Friday, listing the newly-added maps, town views and prints.

October 17 adds: 7 new maps; 1 new detail image

NEXT UPDATE: October 24

If you'll be in the New York Metro area on Saturday, October 18, come to the beautiful New York
Society for Ethical Culture  building at 2 West 64th Street, at Central Park West, at 2: 30 to hear award-
winning writer Michael Blanding discuss his new book: “
The Map Thief:  The Gripping Story of
an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps,”
the true-life
story of map dealer–turned-criminal E. Forbes Smiley III, who stole more than $3 million worth of
antique maps from rare-book libraries around the country. Smiley was finally caught in 2005 when an
attentive librarian spotted a razor blade he dropped on the floor at Yale University. Blanding will share
exclusive new information about the case — including Smiley’s first-ever interview.

The event is one of the regular monthly meetings of the
New York Map Society, at which I am
Secretary and member of the Board. Go to for details on other
upcoming New York Map Society meetings – now held at the New York Society for Ethical Culture – on
group excursions, on membership, and contributions: we are a 501c3 organization.

Where do visitors to this site come from? As of this week, visitors' countries of origin:
1. USA: 22.9%; 2. Latvia: 14.3%; 3. Lithuania: 13.1%; 4. Germany: 8.8%; Other: 40.9%
80%+ of all visitors to this site each week are new, and they spend, on average, over 6 minutes here

  • 1782 Kitchin (engraver/mapmaker/hydrographer): "POLAND, LITHUANIA and PRUSSIA" (196KB),
    London, engraved by Kitchin. Also a detail image of the "Great Dutchy of Lithuania"

  • (MapsHistoricalUpTo1795):
  • Two nice maps, meant for use by middle- and high-school students in Lithuania, yet with more detail of
    the boundaries of early Baltic tribes than I have seen in any similar map, from my copy of  "Mokyklinis
    Lietuvos Istorijos Atlasas - V-X Klasėms," Vilnius:
  • "Baltų Gentys IX - XII a." (Baltic Tribes in the 9th to 12 century) (596KB)
  • "Baltai XIII a. Pradžioje" (Baltic Peoples at the Beginning of the 13th century)
  • 1771-1795 "Respublikos Padalijimai XVIII a Pabaigoje" (The Republic at the end of the
    18th Century) (3.3MB), Vilnius, showing boundaries in 1771, '72, ''93 and '95, from my copy of  
    "Lietuvos  Istorijos Atlasas"
  • 1793 Chodźko (historian/geographer/cartographer/activist): "Des Etats de l'Ancienne Pologne:
    1793 Second Demembrement," (States of the Former Poland: 1793 Second Partition) (6.5
    MB), Paris, 1831, after A.H. Dufour, and dedicated to Joachim Lelewel

  • (MapsLithInEurope): c1594 Rosaccio (cosmographer/mapmaker): ("Europe") (370KB), Venice, showing

  • (TopoMapsGerAus1891-1944): 1934 (dated 1932) "Das Memelgebiet" (12.9MB), Berlin, at 1:100 000,
    created by the Reich office for land surveys. Incredible detail -- and I have a 66MB file if you need even more
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
(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:
German version by Johannes
Esaias Nilson.
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Jean-Michel Moreau.
From WikiGallery