Old Map of Poland by Visscher, 1690: Warsaw, Vilnius, Minsk, Vienna, Kyiv
Old Map of Poland by Visscher, 1690: Warsaw, Vilnius, Minsk, Vienna, Kyiv
Old Map of Poland by Visscher, 1690: Warsaw, Vilnius, Minsk, Vienna, Kyiv
Old Map of Poland by Visscher, 1690: Warsaw, Vilnius, Minsk, Vienna, Kyiv

Old Map of Poland by Visscher, 1690: Warsaw, Vilnius, Minsk, Vienna, Kyiv

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Immerse yourself in the intricate details of the 'Tabula nova totius regni Poloniae' map, a testament to the mapmaking prowess of Nicolaes Visscher II. This remarkable piece of cartography, created in 1690, offers a fascinating glimpse into the political landscape of the time, with its focus on Poland and the surrounding regions. Visscher, a renowned mapmaker from the Dutch Golden Age, skillfully delineates the various provinces and duchies, capturing the complexities of the era with remarkable precision.

The map's full name, translated from Latin, reads 'New Table of the Entire Kingdom of Poland: in which are the Duchies and Provinces of Prussia, Cujavia, Mazovia, Black Russia, etc., Duchy of Lithuania, Ukraine, etc., in which Volhynia, and Podolia, with their Palatinates and borders'. This expansive coverage offers a comprehensive view of the region, encompassing not just Poland, but also parts of modern-day Belarus, Ukraine, Lithuania, and Russia.

Five major cities prominently feature on this map - Warsaw, Vilnius, Minsk, Vienna, and Kyiv. Each city holds its own historical significance, from Warsaw's role as the political heart of Poland to Vienna's status as a hub of cultural and intellectual life. The map also showcases other notable landmarks and geographical features, painting a vivid picture of the region's diverse topography and cultural milieu.

This map is more than just a navigational tool; it's a historical document that narrates the geopolitical narratives of the late 17th century. Whether you're a history enthusiast, a cartography aficionado, or simply someone who appreciates the beauty of old maps, this piece will make a valuable addition to your collection. Explore the intricate details of this map and let it transport you back in time to the fascinating world of the 17th-century Eastern Europe.

Some of the significant locations shown on this map:

Duchies and Provinces of Prussia

  • Königsberg (now Kaliningrad): Founded in 1255, it was the capital of the Duchy of Prussia. Known for its University, established in 1544.
  • Danzig (now Gdańsk): Founded in the 10th century, it was an important seaport and shipbuilding town.


  • Inowrocław: Founded in the 13th century, it was a significant salt mining center.


  • Warsaw: Founded in the 13th century, it became the capital of Poland in 1596.
  • Płock: Founded in the 10th century, it was the former capital of Mazovia.

Black Russia

  • Minsk: Founded in 1067, it was a major center of trade and crafts.

Duchy of Lithuania

  • Vilnius: Founded in 1323, it was the capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.
  • Kaunas: Founded in the 14th century, it was a significant center of the Lithuanian economy.


  • Kyiv: Founded in the 5th century, it was one of the largest cities of 15th century Europe.
  • Lviv: Founded in 1256, it was a major trade and cultural center.


  • Lutsk: Founded in 1085, it was a significant center of the Orthodox Church.
  • Zhytomyr: Founded in the 9th century, it was an important trading post.


  • Kamianets-Podilskyi: Founded in the 14th century, it was a significant fortress town.
  • Vinnytsia: Founded in 1363, it was a major center of trade.

Notable boundaries, rivers, and natural phenomena

  • Vistula River: The longest river in Poland, a significant trade route.
  • Dnieper River: One of the major rivers in Europe, flowing through Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine.
  • Białowieża Forest: An ancient woodland straddling the border between Poland and Belarus.
  • Carpathian Mountains: A significant mountain range in Central and Eastern Europe.
  • Masurian Lake District: Known for its 2,000 lakes, it's a popular tourist destination.

Notable historical events (1600-1690)

  • The Battle of Kircholm (1605): One of the major battles in the Polish-Swedish War.
  • The Smolensk War (1632-1634): A conflict for control of Smolensk, originally part of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, but claimed by Russia.
  • The Khmelnytsky Uprising (1648-1654): A Cossack rebellion in the eastern part of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, which led to the creation of a Cossack Hetmanate in Ukrainian lands.

Please double check the images to make sure that a specific town or place is shown on this map. You can also get in touch and ask us to check the map for you.

This map looks great at all sizes: 12x16in (30.5x41cm), 16x20in (40.5x51cm), 18x24in (45.5x61cm), 24x30in (61x76cm), 32x40in (81.5x102cm), 40x50in (102x127cm), 48x60in (122x153cm) and 56x70in (142x178cm), but it looks even better when printed large.

I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 90in (229cm). Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised or different framing options.

The model in the listing images is holding the 16x20in (40.5x51cm) version of this map.

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If you’re looking for something slightly different, check out my collection of the best old maps of Europe and European cities to see if something else catches your eye.

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This would make a wonderful birthday, Christmas, Father's Day, work leaving, anniversary or housewarming gift for someone from the areas covered by this map.

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