London. Illustrated London News. 3-9- 1878.
Double page color lithograph from the Extra Supplement to The Illustrated London News of March 9, 1878; 12.5 x 19 in; centrefold; horizontal crease barely visible from the front; some faint foxing at margins well outside image area; otherwise very good condition. A bird's eye view map centring on the Sea of Marmora (Marmara) with Constantinople at upper right and the Dardanelles at lower left, published in The Illustrated London News at the moment of one of the ongoing series of altercations of the Russo-Turkish War. International interest in this strategic area was evidenced by the British dispatch in February 1878 of a fleet of battle ships to dissuade Russian forces from entering Constantinople. "Under pressure from the fleet to negotiate and having suffered enormous losses...Russia agreed a settlement under the Treaty of San Stefano...on March 3, by which the Ottoman Empire recognized the independence of its former provinces Romania, Serbia and Montenegro and autonomy of Bulgaria" (Wikipedia). Item #28381
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