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IMPERIAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES - Ostium Fluvii Amur cum parte australiori terrae Kamtschatkae variisque in Oceano sitis Insulis inter quas pars eminet Japoniae. No.19
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Ostium Fluvii Amur cum parte australiori terrae Kamtschatkae variisque in Oceano sitis Insulis inter quas pars eminet Japoniae. No.19 - IMPERIAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
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Title : Ostium Fluvii Amur cum parte australiori terrae Kamtschatkae variisque in Oceano sitis Insulis inter quas pars eminet Japoniae. No.19.
Map maker : IMPERIAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES.
Date : Petersburg, 1745.
Size : 20.0 x 21.9 inches. / 50.8 x 55.5 cm.
Colouring : In original colours.
Description :Detailed map of part of Siberia in Russia, including in the lower right part the Northern tip of Hokkaido and in the upper right corner the southern tip of Kamchatka. The island of Ostrov Sakhalin is included but much too small. The map was prepared by Joseph Nicolas De L’Isle and was included in "Atlas Russicus".
The Russian Academy of Sciences was created in 1724 in St Petersburg. It was not only intended to coordinate and produce science but also to aid in solutions to practical problems. Many foreign scientists were invited to participate.
Joseph Nicolas de l' Isle was invited to head the department of geography and came in 1726. The making of the first atlas Russicus , not surprisingly considering the size of the country, took a long time. New bearings in trigonometry had to be taken all over the country. Existing cartographic material had to be obtained and analyzed.
Among the Russian scientists that worked on the atlas was Kirilow, the man who published the first map of Russia in 1734. The best known expedition that fed data into the Atlas Russicus was the great Northern Expedition (1735-1743) . Gmelin, Muller, Krshnininnikow, Krasilnikow and Steller were among its participants.
Except for reliable data printing facilities were needed. The Academies engraving shop was set up in 1728 with staff as Ellinger, Unversagt, Zubov and Rostovtsev. Eventually in September 1745 the atlas was printed in St Peterburg in Russian, Latin and German. "Send out to various governments.. the atlas met with great praise everywhere" (Bagrow). ¤
Philips, atlases 3109. Bagrow, 1975, chapter 10. Postnikov, 1996
Condition : The map has in the lower left and right corner some light spotting. For the rest in very good condition.
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