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FINLAND – SOVIET CARTOGRAPHY: Финландия [Finlandija]


Colour print, 65 x 51 cm (25.6 x 20 inches), with an original brochure with an index: 8°, 10 pp., wrappers with title, stapled. Housed in an original illustrated wrappers with a flap (a small hand-written monogram of the previous owner, otherwise in a near-mint unused condition with a minimal stains on the spine of the wrappers).


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A map from a series of attractive, separately-issued maps was published by the Soviet Union within the context of the ongoing Cold War in 1970s and early 1980s by the Main Directorate of Geodesy and Cartography under the Council of Ministers of the USSR, the Kremlin’s official mapping agency.

The text is entirely in Russian Cyrillic script, and the main map employs colour coding to denote elevation, while international boundaries, including those of an undefined nature, are delineated.  All major cities and towns are labelled, as are all elements of transportation infrastructure, plus other interesting details, such as archaeological sites.

Interestingly, the maps from this series are augmented by informative insets, such as population density maps, sophisticated economic maps, ethnic maps etc. Also noted are refineries, oil and gas pipelines, facilities for manufacturing of various kinds, electricity plants, and details with respect to the agrarian and fishery sectors.

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