Folding map, dated November 9 1853, sheet size 43.5 x 63.5 cm, insets of Odessa, Sevastopol, Batoum and the Dardanelles, original hand colour, dissected into 18 panels and laid on linen, folding into publisher’s cloth covers, publisher’s advertisement attached to verso of map facing pastedown, very minor wear.
The map was published days after the outbreak of the Crimean War, when it was assumed that Anglo-French forces would assist the Ottoman Turks in recovering the Danubian Principalities of Moldavia and Wallachia, which had been occupied by Russia in May 1853. The map covers the entire potential theatre and emphasises Russian expansion, giving dates between the 1770s and 1820s when territories around the Black Sea had become parts of the Russian Empire. 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.