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Auction 145, Lot 578

"[Lot of 3] Carte de la Siberie et des Pays Voisins…[and] Russia or Moscovy with its Acquisitions &c. in Sweden Agreeable to Modern History [and] Great Tartary. With the Tract of the Moscovite Ambassador's Travels from Moscow to Pekin in China",

Subject: Russia

Period: 1732-60 (circa)

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Color: Black & White

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A. Carte de la Siberie et des Pays Voisins, by Jacques Nicolas Bellin, from Prevost's Histoire Generale des Voyages, circa 1760 (17.7 x 11.0"). The map covers St. Petersburg, Moscow and the Caspian Sea to just beyond the Lena River. The routes of two important explorations are traced on the map: Johann Georg Gmelin's route from St. Petersburg to Yeniseysk from 1731-36, and part of the surveys (Moscow to Berezovo) of Joseph-Nicolas Delisle, who helped produce the first comprehensive atlas of Russia. Adorned with a large, decorative title cartouche. Condition: Issued folding with one fold separation at top that just passes the neatline, light toning along one fold, and a number of minute wormholes that are only visible when held to light.

B. Russia or Moscovy with its Acquisitions &c. in Sweden Agreeable to Modern History, by Herman Moll, from Modern History: or the Present State of All Nations, circa 1745 (7.6 x 10.4"). This map of western Russia from the Baltic to the Black Sea with parts of Poland and Scandinavia depicts the different political regions as well as key towns, water features, and roads. Notations at the top left discuss the size and population of Russia with some historical information on St. Petersburg. Condition: There is a small ink smudge just above the title cartouche.

C. Great Tartary. With the Tract of the Moscovite Ambassador's Travels from Moscow to Pekin in China, by Hermal Moll, from Modern History: or the Present State of All Nations, dated 1732 (10.4 x 7.8"). This map of Russia shows the path of a Russian Ambassador who traveled from Moscow to Beijing. Interesting notations concerning the land and its people are provided, including one describing a nomadic group that neither "plow nor sow, but move from place to place." Condition: There is a small damp stain at top that just enters the map image.

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Condition: B+

Estimate: $180 - $220

Sold for: $90

Closed on 6/12/2013

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