Auction 126, Lot 591

"Territorium Mesenense et Pustoserense cum Adiacentibus Insulis et Territoriis", Delisle, Joseph Nicholas

Subject: Russia

Period: 1745 (published)

Publication: Atlas Russicus

Color: Hand Color

21.3 x 19 inches
54.1 x 48.3 cm

This is a very uncommon map covering the north coast of Russia from Archangel to the River Pechora. The map is filled with detailed, pictorial topography and many place names. A large title cartouche features a scene of whaling and depictions of a seal and a walrus. Joseph Nicholas Delisle, younger brother of Guillaume, founded the Academy of Sciences at St. Petersburg, and worked in Russia from 1726-47. One of his most important contributions to cartography was the important Atlas Russicus, the first atlas of Russia to be published. The atlas was published in both German and Russian; this is from the German edition.


Condition: A

There are a few creases, and crumpled paper edges that are well away from the map

Estimate: $550 - $650


Closed on 12/3/2008