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Description

One of the First Russian Maps of the United States. Stating the Pacific Northwest was "acquired by Bering [and] Chirikov [in] 1741".

Superb, separately issued engraved map of North America, published in Saint Petersburg in 1788.

The map represents state of the art Russian knowledge of all of North America, shortly after the United States was established.  The United States is delineated, as is Louisiana, and "Old" and "New" Mexico. All of present-day Mexico and Canada are shown as well.

The author designates where various Indian tribes live. Such as in Texas, where there are two tribes, including one called "Tiki".

San Francisco is not shown, but "R. Dolores" is.

There is great detail on the Alaskan coast, including the use of the name "Аляска" or Alaska.

The map was printed with two images on two joined sheets, with the North America image overlapping the sheet-join. This can be seen in the National Library of Russia's example here.

Pacific Northwest Cartography

The Pacific Northwest has the following annotations, among others:

Берегъ, обрѣтенный Российскимъ Капитаном Берингомъ 1741 г.: "Coast, acquired by Russian Captain Bering 1741"

Берегъ, обрѣтенный Российскимъ Капитаном Чириковымъ 1741 г: "Coast, acquired by Russian Captain Chirikov 1741"

M. Mезари, видънной Испанцами 1775, "C. Mezari, seen by the Spanish in 1775"

Provenance

Pre-World War II institutional ink stamp: "ЦЕНТРАЛЬНА НАУКОВА БІБЛІОТЕКА К.Д.У."

Condition Description
Old color. Portions of upper right and left corners reinstated in facsimile. A few repaired tears.