Historical Maps

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  • Historical Maps

    Kosler’s map, Map of Slovene Land and Provinces (1853), 33” x 29”, Ancient oak

    $409,00

    This great map is ready for your wall.

    Overall size: 33” x 29”/ 83.5 x 74 cm

    Map is made on cotton canvas with antique, pull down style Slovenian oak frame. There is an Iron hanger hidden at the back of the wooden header.
    This is finest reproduction of Kosler’s map original dated back in 1853.

    Zemljovid Slovenske dežele in pokrajin (English: “Map of Slovene Land and Provinces”, commonly known as Kosler’s Map), made from 1848 until 1852 during the Spring of Nations by the Carniolan lawyer and geographer Peter Kosler, was the first map of the Slovene Lands. It was also the first Slovene map with all the text written in Gaj’s Latin alphabet.[1] August Knorr printed the map in 1852, with the planned publication in January 1853, but the Austrian military authorities confiscated his output; the map first became available to the public only in 1861 in Vienna.[2] Kosler was also briefly imprisoned by the Austrian authorities for this reason.

    Peter Kosler or Kozler (16 February 1824 – 16 April 1879) was a Carniolan lawyer, geographer, cartographer, activist, and businessman. He was of ethnic German origin, but also identified with Slovene culture and advocated the peaceful coexistence of the Slovene and German cultures in Carniola.

    Kosler was born in Koče, a village south of Kočevje in Gottschee County, in what was then the Austrian Kingdom of Illyria, and is now Slovenia. He is best known for creating the first map of the Slovene Lands, called Zemljovid Slovenske dežele in pokrajin (Map of the Slovene Land and Provinces). Made already from 1848 until the end of 1852, it was published only in 1861. Despite this, it had a significant impact in the time of the Slovene national awakening.

    Born in a relatively well-to-do family, Kosler made a fortune with beer brewing and was the founder of the Union Brewery. He gave large amounts of money to support Slovenian cultural associations and institutions. He was close to the conservative Old Slovene political movement.

    Kosler bought Cekin Mansion just outside the center of Ljubljana and renovated it in a neoclassical style. Today, the mansion houses the National Museum of Contemporary History. The Koslers also owned a mansion (Slovene: Kozlerjeva palača) in the center of Ljubljana, close to Congress Square (Kongresni trg) and Čop Street (Čopova ulica), which was regarded as one of the finest Baroque buildings in the city. The building was slated for demolition in 1956 and torn down by the Communist authorities in 1961 in order to widen the nearby street, which caused a public outcry and marked a milestone in the development of postwar urban development in Ljubljana. According to an interview with art historian Damjan Prelovšek in October 2006, trees now grow at the site of the former building, demonstrating that its demolition was a political decision and unnecessary in order to widen the street.

    Kosler also owned a plot of land in the Ljubljana Marshes known as Kosler’s Thicket (Slovene: Kozlerjeva gošča). During World War II, the plot was used as a mass grave for victims of the Slovenian Home Guard torturer and killer Franc Frakelj. Kosler died in Ljubljana and is buried at Žale cemetery in Ljubljana. In 1999, a Slovenian postal stamp was dedicated to Kosler.

    The most simple & elegant wall decoration for your home or office. It’s unique, stylish, modern, industrial & rustic – will perfectly match with your lifestyle and interior design.

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  • City Maps

    Old map of Moscow (1836), 63” x 47”, Black wooden frame with Original soviet flag pole finials

    $819,00

    – Size 63” x 47”/ 160 x 120 cm

    Map is ready for your wall!

    About the map of Moscow:
    – showing Moscow in 1836 in full color
    – illustration of church of the assumption in Kremlin
    – illustration of view from the Sparrow hill with the Novo Devitchevi monastery in the foreground
    – including legend with translation of Russian expressions such as: street, village, square, gate..
    – including three scales; Russian, English, French

    – Every detail on the map is comfortably readable
    – High resolution map with hand made antique finish on durable cotton canvas.

    Frame is made of reused wood from an old Dacha house build 1890. Black antique wooden header and bottom roller are full of hand-carved details.
    Original vintage soviet flag pole finial ornaments in matte black finish.
    Vintage black satin edges of the map.
    Two black iron hangers
    Black forged steel nails are visible on the wooden header.

    The most simple & elegant wall decoration for your home or office. It’s unique, stylish, modern, industrial & rustic – will perfectly match with your lifestyle and interior design.

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  • City Maps

    Old Chicago city plan (1857), 51” x 40”, old drift wood frame

    $369,00

    This accurate map of Chicago 1857 is sold, making process for new map is 14 days.

    – Overall dimensions: 51” x 40” / 130 x 102 cm

    – Every detail on the map is comfortably readable
    – High resolution readable map with hand made antique finish on durable and resistant canvas.

    Wooden frame is made from at least over two centuries old, black, drift wood found in the Venice gulf years ago.
    Canvas map edges are fine black satin.
    Into the wooden header we added vintage rusty iron plaque with engraved text: “CHICAGO 1857”

    The most simple & elegant wall decoration for your home or office. It’s unique, stylish, modern, industrial & rustic – will perfectly match with your lifestyle and interior design.

    Delivery time:
    – If in Stock (3-5 days worldwide)
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