Folding map, dated March 1854, 50.5 x 69.5 cm, inset of the heavily fortified Russian naval base at Kronstadt and the imperial Russian capital at St Petersburg, original hand colour, dissected into 21 panels and laid on linen, trivial abrasion to title affecting letters of text (‘rie’ of ‘countries’), folding into publisher’s cloth covers, publisher’s advertisement attached to verso of map facing pastedown, very minor wear.
Published in the early stages of the Crimean War, when it was anticipated that naval actions in the Baltic theatre would be critical to the outcome. Anglo-French naval assaults on Kronstadt proved abortive, although there were modest allied successes in the Gulf of Finland and the blockade of Russia’s Baltic trade compromised the Russian war effort to an extent. James Wyld junior inherited a thriving business on the death of his father in 1836. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and succeeded his father as Geographer to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.