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4 rare silk campaign map .. RussoTurkish War/ Virtual Fair 109

Description: COVENS & MORTIER. [A rare silk campaign map of the Russo-Austrian-Turkish War (1735-9)]
Theatrum Belli ad Borysthenem Tyram & Danubium Fluvios gesti A.o MDCCXXVIII. St Petersburg: Imperial Academy of Science & Amsterdam: Covens & Mortier, c.1738. 550 x 670mm. Splits to folds reinforced on verso.
A rare printing on silk of this uncommon, separately issued map of Moldavia and Ukraine, extending from Hungary to the Crimea. It was published by the Russian Royal Academy of Science for the Russo-Austrian-Turkish War (1735-9). The Russians had two main objectives: stopping the raids of the Crimean Tatars into Ukraine and, more importantly, gaining access to the Black Sea. The war started well, with armies under Field Marshal Burkhard Christoph von Munnich & General Peter Lacy (born in Ireland) capturing a number of important fortresses, including Azov, Perekop & Karasubazar. However the defeat of Austria and the threat of both plague and war with Sweden forced the Russians to the negotating table, where they gave up their its claims to Crimea and Moldavia in the the Treaty of Nis. Printing a map on silk made it much easier to carry, so it is likely that it issued for officers in the Russian army to keep in their pockets. The silk could take more punishment than paper, being folded more easily and not weakened when wet. However not being stored within protective boards in a rich man's library make them less likely to survive. Thus examples of silk maps of this age are extremely rare. [«]
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