"[Lot of 2] Partie Occidentale de l'Empire de Russie, ou se trouve distinguee la Russie Europeenne [together with] Partie Orientale de L'Empire de Russie en Asie…", Robert de Vaugondy
Period: 1750 (dated)
Publication: Atlas Universel
Color: Hand Color
23.3 x 18.5 inches
59.2 x 47 cm
A pair of large, finely engraved maps that cover the entire Russian Empire.
The first map covers a wide territory as described by the continuing title: "divisee par ses Gouvernemens ou Provinces de Dwinskoy, Oloueckoy, Bielozerskoy, Archangel, Nowogrod, Wolockoy, Ustinskoy, Moscow, Kiowie, Bielogorod, Woroneskoy, et la Petite Tartarie, la Partie Asiatique contient les Provinces Berezowskoy, Mangajeiskoy, Wiatka, Solkamskoy, Pelymskoy, Utimskoy, Tobolskoy, Surgutskoy, Jenifeiskoy, Narimskoy, Kuzneckoy, Tomskoy, Krasnojarskoy &c., le Royaume de Kasan, le Gouvernement d'Astrachan et les confins du Royaume des Kalmaks Eleuths." The map shows the western part of the Russian Empire extending from Poland, and east to Irkurkoy, Ilimskoy, and the R. Tunguska, and south to include part of the Black and Caspian seas. The map provides topographical details, watershed, forests and cities. Decorative rococo-style title cartouche is uncolored as issued. Manuscript page number 95 at upper right.
The second map describes the region from Tomsk eastward to include the Kamchatka and Sakhalin. Decorative rococo-style title cartouche fills the lower corner. Philippe Buache criticized Robert de Vaugondy for claiming this projection could not be used with distance scales. No distance scales are included here. Manuscript page number 96 at upper right.
References: Pedley #404 & 405.
Map 1-Fine impression with original outline color and wide margins. Hint of centerfold toning, one small spot, else very good. Some worm tracking in upper margin. Map 2 - Nice impression with original color and wide margins. Hint of centerfold toning along upper portion, a little color offsetting, and two mirrored worm tracks in upper margin.