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Striking and highly detailed map of the Caspian Sea, published in Vienna by Franz Anton Schaembl.

The map provides an excellent and highly detailed treatment of te coastline of the Caspian Sea, the lower Volga River and Astrakan area and details regarding the areas with safe anchorages around the Caspian Sea, naming the major towns in the coastal region.

Franz Anton Schraembl Biography

Schraembl was born and worked in Vienna, where he was a mapmaker in the latter half of the eighteenth century. He began his business in 1787, partnering with Franz Johann Joseph von Reilly. He is best known for his large format atlas, the Allgemeiner Grosser Atlas. The atlas was finished in 1800, after twenty years of compilation and composition--it was the first Austrian world atlas. While a notable work, the atlas did not sell well, plunging Schraembl into financial difficulty. In response, Schraembl expanded his offerings to include literature and art. Upon his death, Schraembl's firm was taken over by his widow, Johanna, and her brother, Karl Robert Schindelmayer. From 1825, it was run by Franz Anton's son, Eduard.