LithuanianMaps.com
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..."
 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:
  • 2,783 unique maps, total, showing the historic-Lithuanian area; many are in high definition
  •     776 additional higher-magnification detail images of those maps
  •     495 topographic maps from the 19th century onwards showing the area in fine detail
  •     193 historical maps of the Lithuanian area -- maps created and published  long after the time depicted
  •     167 political maps of Europe showing Lithuania and/or Poland
  •     149 19th century and earlier town views, prints -- and reverse sides of map playing/collectible cards
  •       113 ethnographic maps, categorizing peoples by tribe, language and/or religion
  •       58 mapmaker biographies, many with illustrations and analyses of their maps
  •       36 hotlinks to additional map resources, including upcoming map fairs
  •       27 sea charts of the Baltic, 1584 - 1944, 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 -- all with
source attributions at the image.

May 27 adds: 10 maps; 2 detail images; 1 improved image: identified at their image as "NEW" until   
the next update

Next update: June 3

Where do visitors to this site come from? As of this week, visitors' countries of origin:
1. USA: 24.2%; 2. Latvia: 17.2%; Lithuania: 9.6%; 4. Russia: 8.6%; 5. Other: 40.4%

  • 1507 Beneventano (cosmographer/publisher): "TABVLA MODERNA POLONIE, VNGARIE, BOEMI,
    GERMANIE, RVSSIE, LITHVANIE," Rome, in a first-time-on-this-site image of this entire map (470 KB)
    from his edition of "Ptolemy's Geographia." Also a greatly improved detail image (from 108 KB to 282 KB) of  
    the area around "Lithvanie," based on information from Bernard Wapowski, historian, cartographer and
    secretary to Sigismund I the Old (Lith.: Žygimantas I Senasis) of the Jagiellonian dynasty (founded by    
    Jogaila, Grand Duke of Lithuania), who reigned as King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania 1506 - 1548

  • 1697 Clüver (historical geographer/mapmaker): "Veteris et Novae REGNI POLONIÆ Magniq  
    Ducatus LITHUANIÆ..." (361 KB), Leyden, from "Introductionis in Universam Geographicum," issued
    1650 -  mid-1700's, in a fifth version, with yet another colorist-applied unique eastern boundary for the     
    Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth

  • 1704 Bodenehr (engraver/mapmaker/publisher): two maps from his Augsburg "Atlas Curieux":
  • "Der Nordischen Königreich - Süd-Ost Thiel: Begreiffende Liefland, IngermanLand,
    Finnland" (504 KB)
  • "Geographische Forstellung derer Königreiche Polen und Preussen, mit deren
    incorporierten Landen" (688 KB)

  • 1711 Menard (engraver/mapmaker) - Chiquet (publisher): "Les Estats de la Couronne de POLOGNE"
    (300 KB), Paris, from the first edition of "Le Nouveau et Curieux Atlas Geographique et Historique..." Also    
    two detail images (71 KB, 271 KB). In 1719, Chiquet replaced all mention of Menard and republished the atlas   
    under his own name

  • 1766 Brion de la Tour (geographer/cartographer): "ETATS DE POLOGNE ET DE LITHUANIE...AVEC
    ROYAUME DE PRUSSE, ET LE DUCHE DE CURLANDE" (4.3 MB), Paris, in a fifth iteration of a dated map
    published with a variety of different decorative printed frames. Compare with the version dated 1765

  • (TopoMapsGerAus1891-1945): "Karte des Deutschen Reiches" at 1:100 000. Deutsche Heereskarte
    Großblatt" (German Army maps) of East Prussia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Byelorussia SSR,
    published by the OKH/ General Staff of the Army, Chief of War Maps  and Surveying. A new batch of maps
    uploaded by our friends at www.mapywig.org has allowed me to fill in many gaps in this set with compressed
    and downloadable images. This week's adds:
  • 1936 "Nr. 323 Kowno" (Kaunas, Kovno, Ковно, Kovne, Kovna, Kauen) (8.8 MB)
  • 1936 "Nr. 320 Ponewesch" (Panevėžys, Ponevezh, Поневеж, Ponevez, Poniewież, Ponewiesch,
    Panevēža, Panevezhis, Panevezio Velzis, Ponavezh, Ponevetz, Ponivez, Ponowitcz, Ponyevez,    
    Pounivez, Punaviz) (8.1 MB)
  • 1938 "Nr. 314 Schadow" (Seduva, Sheduva, Шадов, Shadeve, Shadova, Szadów, Schadow,
    Shedeva, Sheduva, Šeduvos, Šedova, Šedava) (8.2 MB)
  • 1940 "Nr. 309 Mitau (Jelgava) (Mitava, Елгава / Митава, Mitav, Mitawa, Mintauja, Yelgava,
    Jelgawa, Iyelgava, Elgava) - Bauska (Bausk, Бауск / Бауска, Bauske, Boisk, Bauskė, Bosko,   
    Bausken, Boysk)" (7.2 MB), in a partial image, the eastern half, showing both Mitau and Bauska
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 engraving.
From Jonathan Potter: jpmaps.co.uk
German version by Johannes
Esaias Nilson.
From WikiCommons
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: www.raremaps.com