Auction 140, Lot 747

"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: Black & White

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.


Condition: B

There is a tear in the lower portion of the map that extends one-inch past the neatline but is primarily confined to the blank space. There is a surface tear at lower left corner just inside the neatline but it does not go completely through the paper.

Estimate: $90 - $130

Sold for: $75

Closed on 5/23/2012