"Carte Reduite de la Moscovie Siberie Tartarie et Pais Voisins", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas
Subject: Northern Asia, Russia
Period: 1764 (published)
Publication: Le Petit Atlas Maritime
Color: Black & White
13.3 x 8.8 inches
33.8 x 22.4 cm
This elegantly engraved map extends across the entire expanse of Russia to the northeastern coast of Asia, including Korea, Japan, and part of China. It also depicts the entire Caucasus region and parts of the Middle East. There is nice topographical detail and plenty of place names. A note indicates that the eastern coast of Nouvelle Zemle is covered in ice, while the opposite coast across the Kara Sea is strictly conjectural. Terre de la Compagnie appears to the south of Kamchatka along with a incomplete stretch of coastline that was sited by Joao da Gama. To the east of Kamchatka, another incomplete coastline is located, this one discovered by Capt. Tchirikow in 1741. In the farthest northeastern reaches of the map, there is a section of unknown land around present-day Alaska with a note that reads Terre decouverte en 1723 sans autre connoissance.
References: Phillips (Atlases) #3508 v.3-3.
On a watermarked sheet with two pairs of worm tracks in the bottom blank margin that have been closed with archival materials on verso.