Paris: 1738 - 1775. Large detailed copper engraved map centering on Siberia, from Nouvelle Zemle and the Arctic Circle, down to Mer Caspiene (Caspian Sea) and Mer d'Aral. The map with captions above and below the neat lines, stating that it shows the tracks of Johann Georg Gmelin, and Louis Delisle from "Moskow a Berezow". Gmelin (1709 - 1755) and Delisle (1690–1741) were taking part in the Great Northern Expedition, a huge exploring endeavor organized by the Russian emperor Peter the Great. The expedition resulted in the mapping of most of the Arctic coast of Siberia. With decorative cartouche. From Prevost's "L'Histoire Generale des Voyages".
Bellin (1703 - 1772), one of the most noted French mapmakers of the 18th century, was named the hydrographer (chief cartographer) to the French Navy, and later, the Official Hydrographer to the French King.
Folding, 19 x 12 1/4", with ample margins. Strong impression, very clean. Very good condition. Item #21554