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Carington Bowles: The Russian Empire in Europe & The Russian Empire in Asia

Map: RUS2600
Cartographer: Carington Bowles
Title: The Russian Empire in Europe & The Russian Empire in Asia
Date: 1771
Published: London
Width: 43 inches / 110 cm
Height: 19 inches / 49 cm
Map ref: RUS2600
Large, two-sheet map of Russia showing the entirety of the Russian Empire from the Baltic Sea to the Pacific Ocean. A panel of text above the map provides a very brief description of Russia and some of its people and provinces. Typical of 18th century writing, the text is critical towards the cossacks and other nomadic people, but complimentary about Peter the Great and the city of St Petersburg. An index in the lower-left of the map helpfully translates some of the Russian terms used in the map, such as 'Ostrog' (palisaded town) and 'Gora' (mountain).

Derived from a French map by J.B.B. D'Anville, the greatest scientific geographer of the age and an Honorary Member of the St Petersburg Academy of Sciences. The map was compiled by John Bayly and published by Carington Bowles.

Original hand-colour. [RUS2600]