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ATLAS – BALKANS: Campagnes des Russes dans la Turquie d’Europe.


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Folio: 3 double page plates, original yellow wrappers with black printed title, bound in modern black half calf with marbled paper boards, printed gilt title on spine (Very Good, paper professionally cleaned and restored, wrappers with repaired tears, folds and small loss of yellow paper).


A folio size atlas with three plates includes maps showing theatres of war between Russian and Turks on the Balkans in 1828 and 1829. The maps show Bulgaria and Dobruja, the cities of Brajiliw (Ukraine), Shumen (Bulgaria), arna (Bulgaria), Veliko Tarnovo (Bulgaria), Hârșova (Romania), Măcin (Romania), Silistra (Bulgaria), Ruse (Bulgaria), Kulevicha (Ukraine), Pravady (Bulgaria) and Çanakkale (Turkey).

The Russo-Turkish War of 1828–1829 was sparked by the Greek War of Independence between 1821-1832. The war broke out after the Sultan closed the Dardanelles to Russian ships and revoked the Akkerman Convention, regarding Moldavia and Wallachia, in retaliation for Russian participation in the Battle of Navarino.

The book atlas with three maps was published as an appendix to a two volume work with the same title on the Russo-Turkish wars. The author was Helmuth Karl Bernhard von Moltke (1800-1891), a German Field Marshal and the creator of a new, more modern method of directing armies in the field. In 1830s Moltke served as adviser to the Ottoman general commanding the troops in Anatolia.

In 1840s and 1850s he published texts on the Ottoman Army and Battles. He was also a map maker; especially fine is his map of Constantinople.

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