6415. Delisle's Russian Atlas St. Petersburg 1745

ATLAS. RUSSIA. (DELISLE, JOSEPH NICOLAS, 1688-1768). Russischer Atlas, welcher in einer General-Charte und neunzehen Special-Charten das gesamte Russische Reich und dessen angränzende Länder, nach den Regeln der Erd-Beschreibung und den neuesten Observationen vorstellig macht. Entworffen bey der Kayserl. Academie der Wissenschaften. St. Petersburg 1745.

Folio (about 503x3350 mm.). (3), 4-8 pp. Letterpress title (mended tears and mending after some paper-loss in outer margin) and text in German, 1 engraving in the text, 22 engraved maps, double-page, 1 folding, some nice figurative cartouches (all, including 2 extra "Theatrum Belli Ao MDCCXXXVII a milite Augustae Russicarum Imperatrices adversus Turcas Tattarosque gesti" and "Verus Chersonesi Tauricae seu Crimeae conspectus...", all close cut to platemark in upper margin, of which map 15, 17, and 19 with small loss of text, also mostly closer cut in lower margin, one map with loss of map number, 3 maps with some marginal mendings, the large folding map with some tears in the folds, some minor foxing).
Contemporary brown half leather, worn, blank spine, damages at head and foot.

Nordenskiöld Collection 65.
Shirley T.DEL-2d (p. 471).

First edition and the first printed atlas of Russia. Also published in a Latin-French edition the same year. Joseph Nicolas Delisle was invited by Peter the Great to survey the Russian empire. At first accompanied by his step-brother Louis, they travelled to Russia in 1729, now under the reign of Catherine I, to start their surveys.

Provenance: Gustaf Oscar Ludvig (Gösta) Nobel (1886-1955), youngest son of Ludvig and Edla Nobel, was in Baku between 1914-17 and later took over as Managing Director over Branobel or "The Nobel Brothers Company". The oil company was founded in Baku by his father and the two brothers Alfred and Robert. He and his family had to flee Russia 1918 during the Russian revolution.