Warsaw 1938; Polish State Forests. 34.5x45 cm. Color print. Good condition (map after minor conservation).
In upper left corner of map in decorative cartouche Latin title: POLONIAE Regni amplissimi in quo abundantiam silvarum paradisum venatorum necnon naturae ac vetustarum civitatum amoenissimos prospectus benevole viator invenies typus geographicus AD MDCCCCXXXVIII . Freely translated after Lutostanska and Sikorski(Hunting Culture 29/2003): Polonia - a great kingdom of abundant forests, a paradise of hunting. Delights with views of nature and history of the ancient country. To travelers friendly and hospitable. Geographical image AD 1938.
An advertising folder prepared at the request of the Supreme Directorate of State Forests, stylized on 17th-century models, was to advertise forests, the forestry industry and the abundance of game in our hunting grounds, at the 1939 World Exposition in New York. On the back is an advertising text in English. The map shows the country's borders, major cities (e.g. Warsaw, Vilnius, Lviv, Cracow, Gdynia) and forest industry centers (e.g. Bydgoszcz, Augustow, Hajnowka, Novogrudok, Dorohusk, Vorokhta). Rivers, mountains and forest complexes are depicted in a simplified manner. Pictograms of protected (bison) and game animals (bear, elk, deer, roe deer, wolf, wild boar, beaver, fox, hare, capercaillie) are shown against the background of forests.
The map itself is quite a treat for collectors, as the authors of the map showed great courage and decided to make a mockery of the Germans and Russians by placing on the western side of the map the Germans walking towards our border with their hands raised in a gesture of the Nazi salute, while just beyond our eastern borders the NKVD execution subdivision ready to salute. As a result of protests by representatives of the USSR and Third Reich embassies, the map was withdrawn from sale.