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Azerbaijan SSR: Azerbajcanın sijasi va təbii Xərıtəsi [Political and Natural Map of Azerbaijan]



The first wall map of Azerbaijan SSR, made in 1925 by a pioneer of Azerbaijani map-making İbrahim Ağa Vəkilov


Colour lithography, printed on four sheets and originally mounted on linen, 100 x 135 cm (39.8 x 53.1 inches) (small tears, folds and holes with tiny loss of material, light staining).


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A gigantic, exceedingly rare wall map shows Azerbaijan with its new borders, infrastructure and pipelines. The map, made in 1925 presents the country in its new form, after Azerbaijan was annexed to the Soviet Union in 1920, following its short independency, and after the annexation of Nakhichevan Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic, which became a part of the Azerbaijan SSR proper on February 9th, 1924.

The title is ornated with hammer and sickle and the parole in the upper right corner reads “Workers of the world, unite!” in Azerbaijani.

The cartographer was the first Azerbaijani specialist in topography and map-making İbrahim Ağa Vəkilov (1853 – 1934), who was also the first and only person to be ranked general-mayor of military geography in the Caucasus. In 1919, İbrahim Ağa Vəkilov was appointed head of the military geography department. He also designed the first military flag and the first map of Azerbaijan in 1920. In the Soviet era he continued working as a map-maker.

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