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The wars of 1735–9, 1768–74 and 1787–92

Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg

Turkey and Balkans, 1738

THEATRUM / BELLI / ad / Borysthenem / Tyram / & / Danubium / Fluvios / gesti / A=o MDCCXXXVIII 1738

Engraving and some etching; printed on paper; hand-coloured | Scale: 1:1,900,000 approx. | RCIN 728015

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A map of the seat of war in part of Turkey and the Balkans in 1738. Russo-Turkish War (1735-9). Oriented with north to top (compass rose).

This map shows the principal rivers, roads, and fortified towns of parts of Albania, Anatolia, Bosnia, Bulgaria, the Crimea, Dalmatia, Hungary, Macedonia, Moldavia, Poland, Romania, Servia and Slavonia as well as the march of the Russian army to Ochakov.

The date of publication is provided by an advertisement in the Amsterdamsche courant of October 9th and 14th 1738 for the Dutch copy of this map at RCIN 728016 (Van der Krogt, 1985, adverts 758 and 759).

  • Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg (publisher) [top left, below title, in title cartouche:] Excus. in Academia Scienti - / -arum Petropolitana.

  • Watermark: A large anchor

    Condition: one fold line. Verso: water-stained patch from the removal of Cumberland's cipher label

  • Scale: 1:1,900,000 approx. Scale bars: Scala Werstarum Ruthenicarum [57 mm = 104½]; Scala Miliariorum Germanicorum [58 mm = 15].

    45.8 x 64.1 cm (neatline)

    48.0 x 66.3 cm (image)

    51.0 x 70.1 cm (platemark)

    51.2 x 70.8 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    THEATRUM / BELLI / ad / Borysthenem / Tyram / & / Danubium / Fluvios / gesti / A=o MDCCXXXVIII. [top left, in rococo cartouche]


    George III heading: Turky 1738.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [top right, black pencil, indistinct markings and the figure ‘3’]; [top right, black pencil:] 1738; [bottom right, black pencil:] 12; [bottom, left of centre, black pencil:] Borysthenes and Danubio, 1738; [bottom centre, black pencil:] 22; [right, centre, red pencil:] 22.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Turky Theatrum Belli ad Borysthenem, Tyram et Danubium Fluvios gesti, 1738: excusus in Academia Scientiarum Petropolitana.

  • From the collection of military and naval maps and prints of Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland (1721-65), third son of George II; subsequently acquired by George III (1738-1820)


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