Auction 117, Lot 616

"[Lot of 2] A Plan of the City of Petersbourg as it stood in the Year 1716… [and] A General Map of Russia and the Dominions thereto Belonging according to the newest Observations",

Subject: Russia, St. Petersburg

Period: 1722-23 (published)

Publication: The Present State of Russia

Color: Black & White

See Description

Two maps from this book by Friedrich Christian Weber, a Hanoverian gentleman who worked as a diplomat for Britain in Peter the Great's court during 1714-19. These are from the English version - originally it was published in German.

1) A Plan of the City of St. Petersboug as it stood in the year 1716. This is a highly detailed plan of the city with an inset of the River Neva showing the situation of St. Petersburg. The city plan provides extensive information on the buildings, houses and public spaces. It is dramatically topped with a large, figural cartouche including a Cyrillic title. The castle of Cronslot is shown in an inset just below the cartouche. Included is a page from the book with an explanatory lettered key to the locations shown on the map. (15.5 x 13.2").
2) A General Map of Russia and the Dominions Thereto Belonging. . . This map shows the overall Russian Empire from Europe across Asia. There is an interesting note in the northeast portion of the continent about "A Chain of Mountains which is believed to joyn with the northern continent of America." The northeast coast is marked supposed coast. The Land of Yedso is shown just north of Japan. Near Tibet is the notation Lassa or Barantola, The See of the Dalai Lama. ( 17.5 x 9.7").


Condition: B

1)This is a sharp impression, backed with Japanese tissue to extend narrow margins, and repair to a tear at the center. Some toning on folds. <br> 2). Generally good with a fold separation just into map and narrow margins. Toned along one fold.

Estimate: $350 - $450

Sold for: $650

Closed on 12/6/2006