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Herman Moll: The Caspian Sea Drawn by the Czar's Special Command

Map: RUS2603
 
Cartographer: Herman Moll
Title: The Caspian Sea Drawn by the Czar's Special Command
Date: c. 1755
Published: London
Width: 9 inches / 23 cm
Height: 11 inches / 28 cm
Map ref: RUS2603
Description:
A handsomely-engraved map of the Caspian Sea with inset panoramas of Astrakhan, Derbent, and Makhachkala (Terki). Cities along the western shore are named, but little detail is provided for the eastern shore as it was little known at the time. Moll credits the source of this map to a Russian survey ordered by Peter the Great in 1718 and undertaken by the Dutch seaman Carl van Verden from 1719-21. [RUS2603]