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Imperial Academy of Sciences of St Petersburg. [Survey of Russia]. St Petersburg: 1770-1776.
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Imperial Academy of Sciences of St Petersburg. [Survey of Russia]. St Petersburg: 1770-1776.

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Imperial Academy of Sciences of St Petersburg. [Survey of Russia]. St Petersburg: 1770-1776.

A collection of 23 engraved sheets, hand-coloured in outline (numbered in manuscript 8-30) by Jacob Schmidt and Johann Truskot covering various provinces of Russia from St Petersburg through Siberia to Yakutsk and Kamschatka, (each sheet 540 x 750mm). (Occasional light spotting and creasing to margins.) Edges uncut.

A rare group of Russian maps from the Survey of the Imperial Academy of Sciences, first founded by Peter the Great in 1725. From 1769 through to 1796, Schmidt, Truskot, Ivan Islenyev and Cherny surveyed large tracts of Russia to produce a new Atlas of the country. Although French cartographers such as de L'Isle had been employed in 1745-47 to produce a new definitive map of Russia, it was not until many of the Siberian and East Russian expeditions of the 1740s to 1760s had reported their findings that a more accurate picture of the geography could be made. The maps include a detailed map of the Bering Strait area, marked with the latest Russian expeditions and discoveries both in Alaska and Siberia.
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