[DE LISLE, Joseph-Nicolas (1688-1768) and others (compilors)] . Atlas Russicus... Atlas Russien: contenant une carte générale et dixneuf cartes particulières de tout l'empire de Russie et des Pays Limitrophes. St.Petersburg: [Imperial Academy of Sciences], 1745.
2° (550 x 380mm). Parallel title and text in Latin and French. Engraved key to the symbols used on verso of D2, folding general map, 19 double-page regional maps. Contemporary vellum-backed marbled boards (extremities bumped, spine lightly soiled and slightly torn).
A FINE UNSOPHISTICATED COPY OF THE FIRST ATLAS DEVOTED SOLELY TO RUSSIA. The text was issued in various languages: Russian, German, Latin and French, and in combination, as here. It is effectively in two parts: the first on European Russia, the second on Siberia (using a much smaller scale). In 1729, De Lisle had suggested an atlas of the entire Russian empire (to a single scale) on 16 sheets. In 1735 the Academy gave its backing and accurate measurments from a number of expeditions (many with members trained by de Lisle) were all co-ordinated to produce the present work. Despite orchestrating the success of the atlas and establishing an important observatory de Lisle's contract with the Academy was not renewed and he left St.Petersburg for Paris in 1747. Bagrow-Castner II, pp.177-253 (collation pp.243-244); Phillips 4060.