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[DE L'ISLE, Joseph-Nicolas (1688-1768) and others compilers]. Atlas Russicus: contenant une carte générale et dixneuf cartes particulières de tout l'empire de Russie et des Pays Limitrophes. [Atlas Rossiiskoi.] St Petersburg: Imperial Academy of Sciences, 1745.
[DE L'ISLE, Joseph-Nicolas (1688-1768) and others compilers]. Atlas Russicus: contenant une carte générale et dixneuf cartes particulières de tout l'empire de Russie et des Pays Limitrophes. [Atlas Rossiiskoi.] St Petersburg: Imperial Academy of Sciences, 1745.
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[DE L'ISLE, Joseph-Nicolas (1688-1768) and others compilers]. Atlas Russicus: contenant une carte générale et dixneuf cartes particulières de tout l'empire de Russie et des Pays Limitrophes. [Atlas Rossiiskoi.] St Petersburg: Imperial Academy of Sciences, 1745.

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[DE L'ISLE, Joseph-Nicolas (1688-1768) and others compilers]. Atlas Russicus: contenant une carte générale et dixneuf cartes particulières de tout l'empire de Russie et des Pays Limitrophes. [Atlas Rossiiskoi.] St Petersburg: Imperial Academy of Sciences, 1745.

2° (530 x 335mm). Title and text in parallel Latin and French. Large folding general map and 19 double-page regional maps all hand-coloured in outline. (Title with closed marginal tear and lined.) 20th-century half leather, earlier endpapers preserved, case-label on spine, red edges (some wear, one tie lacking, another with loss). Provenance: Maria Antonia, Princess of Bavaria, Electress of Saxony (1724-1780; crowned cipher stamp on title) — Saxon State and University Library Dresden (stamps and deaccession stamps on title verso, label on spine and rear pastedown).

THE FIRST ATLAS DEVOTED SOLELY TO RUSSIA, with the maps in bright state and hand-coloured in outline. 'This atlas marks the summit of Russian cartography at the end of the first half of the 18th century' (Svodnyi Katalog). 'As the most complete representation of Russia to date, the atlas gave the European public a knowledge of the vastness and complexity of the Russian Empire' (Whittaker). In 1729, four years after accepting Peter the Great's invitation to come to St Petersburg, De L'Isle suggested an atlas of the entire Russian empire (to a single scale) on 16 sheets. In 1735 the Academy gave its backing, and measurements from a number of expeditions were co-ordinated to produce the present work. The text was issued in various languages: Russian, German, Latin and French, and in combination. Some copies are known with an engraved key on the verso of D2, with apparently no precedence established between the two states. Bagrow-Castner II, pp.177-253 (collation pp.243-244); Phillips, Atlases 4060; Whittaker, Russia Engages the World, pp.96-7; cf. Svodnyi Katalog 344 (for the Russian-language issue).
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