Title: “La Siberia Orientale” & “Siberia Occidentlae” (TWO maps)
Cartographer: F(rancesco). C(onstatino). Marmocchi
Date and Place: circa 1850; Genoa, Italy
Publisher: M. Dini, but engraved by G. Cattaneo, Turin
Reference: “Geografia Commerciale”
Dimensions & Type 10 x 13 inches (25 x 33 cm); Engraving with some color, both old and new
Condition: Both VG+.
An uncommon atlas which was published in the 1850s. While the date of his edition is uncertain, it preceded the 1858 which had different engravers. No publisher is listed but Philips (Atlases 828.29) says it was published in Genoa. Of note, some of the maps in this atlas were stamped “M. Dini, Genova”; these two maps are in that group.
Two quite unusual configuration of Russian Siberia and the immediately adjoining areas. Divided by Provinces and with excellent –though not always accurate--topographic detail. The western portion highlights a caravan route from “Tobolsk” to the eastern city of Irkutsk on Lake Baikal. The eastern portion shows the Lena River and the Kamchatka Peninsula and even a tiny portion of North America. In the “Oceano Glaciale Artico” are a group of islands labeled “Nouva Siberia”.
Of interest, this maps shows Chinese border well to the north of the Amur River and the region is labeled “Mantsciuria” and “Imperio Ginese”
Scarce atlas, scarce maps with no recent sales history, though the cartographers´ “Mexican Confederation” sold at auction in 2004 for $546.00