"Seat of War -- Russia and Turkey",
Subject: Balkans, Turkey
Period: 1854 (circa)
Publication: The Express Messenger
Color: Black & White
29.1 x 21.3 inches
73.9 x 54.1 cm
This uncommon woodcut map illustrates the theater of the Crimean War and its surroundings. It stretches from the Adriatic and Ionian seas in the west to the Black Sea and the Euphrates in the east. Many cities are named, especially to the west and south of the Black Sea, where much of the fighting was concentrated. Important battle locations that appear include Oltenita, where the war's first official battle took place; Sinope, where the Russians took down an Ottoman fleet early in the war; and Sevastapol, then the capital of Crimea and later in the war the site of one of the most harrowing sieges in history. Neutral Territory is noted around the Danube Delta. Published for The Express Messenger, likely when the war was just beginning.
Issued folding with light toning, moderate offsetting, and an extraneous crease at left.