• Fine Printed Books, Manuscript auction at Christies

    Sale 5829

    Fine Printed Books, Manuscripts, Traditional Sports

    23 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 292

    MAP -- Pochtovaia Karta Rossiiskoi Imperii. [Postal Map of the Russian Empire.] St. Petersburg: War-Topographical Department, 1842. Large lithographic map after A. Makarov in 2 parts (European Russia: 1285 x 1200mm); Asian Russia: 640 x 930mm), hand-coloured in outline, dissected into 48 and 18 sections mounted on purple cloth. (Light browning and light offsetting.) Contemporary marbled-paper chemise and slipcase (bottom end of slipcase detached and perhaps repaired). Provenance: a Russian noble (green paper labels with a princely crown on map versos).

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    MAP -- Pochtovaia Karta Rossiiskoi Imperii. [Postal Map of the Russian Empire.] St. Petersburg: War-Topographical Department, 1842. Large lithographic map after A. Makarov in 2 parts (European Russia: 1285 x 1200mm); Asian Russia: 640 x 930mm), hand-coloured in outline, dissected into 48 and 18 sections mounted on purple cloth. (Light browning and light offsetting.) Contemporary marbled-paper chemise and slipcase (bottom end of slipcase detached and perhaps repaired). Provenance: a Russian noble (green paper labels with a princely crown on map versos).

    A LARGE ATTRACTIVE WALL MAP OF THE POST-ROADS OF THE RUSSIAN EMPIRE, showing stops along the way and distances between them. In two parts, European and Asiatic Russia, it provides a detailed view of Russia's transportation network before railroad development, and reflects the plan to modernize the Empire's roads, decreed by Tsar Nicholas I in 1833. (2)


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