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An Exceptional Old Color Example

Fine old color example of Joseph Nicolas De L'Isle's map of the western Caspian Sea region, published by the Akademiia nuk SSR in St. Petersburg, Russia.

 The map shows the area between the Volga estuary in the north and the mouth of the Kura river in the south, including Dagestan and Azerbaijan  Includes and elaborate cartouche on lower left corner, with 4 figures representing different peoples of the Caucasus.  

The map appeared in the first atlas of Russia, published by the Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg, expanding on the cartographic work done previously by Ivan K. Kirilov. Postnikov notes:

It brings together all the geographical discoveries of the early 18th century to give a fuller picture of the entire Empire than shown in the so-called Kirilov atlas. The maps were mostly based on instrumental surveys, geographical descriptions and maps compiled by the Petrine geologists and their successors."

A fine example of this rare early regional map.