Auction 130, Lot 712

"The Russian Empire, in Europe & Asia, with the Northern Discoveries between Asia & North America", Bowen, Thomas

Subject: Russian Empire

Period: 1785 (circa)

Publication: Bankes's New System of Universal Geography

Color: Hand Color

Size:
17.8 x 12.5 inches
45.2 x 31.8 cm

This uncommon map covers the whole of the Russian Empire but emphasizes the Asian regions. Particular attention is focused on the recent discoveries in the Bering Sea (here labeled Sea of Kamtschatka). An island archipelago appears off Kamtschatka that is likely part of the Aleutian Islands, but they are placed too close to the Asian continent. Novaya Zemlya is shown as a single large island.

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Condition: A

There is some light foxing and are a couple of paper repairs in the blank margins, not affecting the map

Estimate: $110 - $150

Sold for: $80

Closed on 12/2/2009

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