[Saint Petersburg]: [ca. 1868]. Revised edition. Large folding chromolithographed map ca. 74x125,5 cm (29 x 49 ¼ in), borders outlined in colour. Revised edition. Linen backed and dissected into twenty-four compartments. In the left lower corner under the image: “Con[tinent] lith. by Vasiliev, Mountains lith. by Genrichsen, Water lith. by Ivanov;” in the right lower corner: “Words written by free lithorg. Gerfurt and topogr. Chebochenko”. Three 19th-century blind stamps of the Military topographical department of the [Russian] General Staff and an ink library number on the map. Housed in the 19th-century marbled papered folder and a black card slipcase with a paper label with the typewritten title in Russian. The folder and slipcase rubbed on extremities and with minor tears, otherwise a very good bright map.
Rare interesting original Russian map of Siberia and adjacent territories, including Central Asia, northern and central China, Tibet, Nepal, parts of Afghanistan, Kashmir, and northern India; Japan and the Far East, and Alaska and the Aleutian Islands. According to the text of the “Note” lithographed next to the map legend, this is a revised edition (apparently published in 1868) of an 1860 map prepared by the main producer of high-quality military maps in the Imperial Russia – the Military Topographical Depot (since 1812 – under the administration of the Imperial Minister of War, after 1863 – under the Russian General Staff).
The map outlines the borders between the provinces of the Asiatic Russia; the Syr-Daryinskaya (with the centre in Tashkent) and Semirechenskaya (with the centre in Verny) Provinces are already shown as parts of the Empire (formed in 1867 as parts of the Turkestan General Governorship); the Khanates of Kokand and Khiva, as well as the Emirate of Bukhara are still independent; the new Primorskaya Province (formed in 1858) is shown in the Far East, but there is still no Vladivostok. Alaska and the Aleutian Islands are still shown as the parts of the Russian Empire; the Alaskan mainland is mapped from the Arctic coast with Harrison Bay and Point Barrow down to the Alexander Archipelago in the south. Several Russian forts and a number of native villages are marked in Alaska. Tibet and Bhutan are shown as as parts of China (no borders outlined). The map tracks major roads and railways, factories, mines, forts and villages, the Great Wall of China etc. Overall an interesting military map showing the Russian outlook on Asia, Pacific and Alaska in the second half of the 19th century.
The note near the map legend says: “This map is based on the surveys carried out in the Orenburg Province, Siberia and partly on the materials of the map compiled by the Russian Consul General in Kulja Mr. Zakharov. All this information is added to the map according to the astronomical points ascertainted by Russian astronomers in the Asiatic Russia and Russian America in 1859. Revised in 1868.”.
Price: $3,250.00 USD