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 St Petersburg 

WALKER, J. & C. [Detailed chart of the approaches to St Petersburg]
The Bay of St. Petersburg from the Russian Survey. London: the Hydrographic Office of the Admiralty, 1854. 475 x 630mm.
Detailed chart of the approaches to St Petersburg, published two weeks before the British declared war on Russia, as the Crimean War. Although the main focus of the British participation was in the Crimea, a fleet was also sent to the Baltic to harass St Petersburg, then the imperial capital city. Although it successfully blockaded all the Russian ports, keeping the Russian Baltic Fleet at its moorings, its attempts to capture any land base were ineffectual.
[Ref: 11717]    £200.00 ($282 • €229 rates)

WYLD, James. [Plan of the defences of Kronstadt during the Crimean War]
Cronstadt in the Baltic with the Fortifications, Batteries & Range of the Guns, &c. London: Wyld, 1854. Lithographic map with original hand colour. Printed area 250 x 470mm. Very fine condition
A separately-issued plan of the Russian fortress island of Kronstadt, built to defend the approaches to St Petersburg, Russia's only northern port open all year. On the outbreak of the Crimean War in 1854 an Anglo-French fleet was sent to blockade St Petersburg. The fleet was expected to attack Cronstadt, but Admiral Napier judged this suicide, an understanable conclusion when you look at this plan, so made no attempt. At the end of the campaign season Napier was removed from his command because of this 'failure'; however after the war the Russians admitted they were hoping he could be lured to destruction under their artillery.
[Ref: 14116]    £200.00 ($282 • €229 rates)

LEBRETON, Louis. [View of St Petersburg by night]
St Petersbourg. La Forteresse. Paris, c.1855. 360 x 430mm.
A fine nocturnal view of St Petersburg, looking towards the Peter and Paul Fortress - the original citadel of St. Petersburg, Russia, founded by Peter the Great in 1703.
[Ref: 17096]    £600.00 ($845 • €686 rates)


BRAUN, Georg & HOGENBERG, Frans. [An important 16th Century plan of Moscow]
Moscauw. Cologne, 1576, Latin text edition. Coloured. 355 x 490mm. Tiny repair to centre fold.
A 'map-view' of Moscow, published in the second volume of the 'Civitates Orbis Terrarum', the first series of printed town plans. The major buildings are shown in profile, with no consideration for perspective. On the frozen river Mosca are skaters and horse-drawn sledges and in the foreground are soldiers on horseback. This is the first of the two plans of Moscow done by Braun and Hogenberg. A second appeared in the last volume, published in 1618, necessitated by Ladislas of Poland, who rampaged through the city in 1611. KOEMAN: B&H 2.
[Ref: 11675]    £2,900.00 ($4,086 • €3,315 rates)

OLEARIUS, Adam. [17th century plan of Moscow]
Moscva des Grossen Zaars Residenz Stadt in Russlandt. Schleswig, 1647. 290 x 320mm. Fine impression
Scarce first edition of Adam Olearius's bird's eye view of Moscow. One of the great 17th Century images of the city, the plan is centred on the Kremlin and the district of Kitya Gorod. There is an index to the many of the major buildings and notable areas. A cartouche of the Imperial Russian double-headed eagle. From the first edition of Olearius's book describing his travels in Russia and Persia, Beschreibung der muscowitischen und persischen Reise.
[Ref: 18145]    £1,800.00 ($2,536 • €2,057 rates)

MERIAN, Mattheus. [17th Century plan of Moscow]
Moscva. Frankfurt, c.1650. Coloured. 275 x 355mm.
A bird's-eye view of the city with a 12-point key. Shows the Kremlin, the Moscua, Iausa and Neglina Rivers, fortified walls and various public buildings. Cartouche decorated by the imperial eagle top left.
[Ref: 15654]    £900.00 ($1,268 • €1,029 rates)

JEAN, Pierre. [Plan of Moscow at the beginning of the C19th]
Plan Géometral de la VIlle de Moscow ancienne Capitale de l'Empire de Russie Ou l'on trouve le Cremelin... Paris, Pierre Jean, 1801. Coloured. 480 x 725mm.
Detailed townplan of Moscow with extensive keys, published just over a decade before the city was destroyed during Napoleon's occupation.
[Ref: 11733]    £1,950.00 ($2,748 • €2,229 rates)

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