The Imperiia Project: a spatial history of the Russian Empire

Geographica Nova

The oldest entrant in the fold at 300 years, this is one of the quirkiest maps in the derby. It juxtaposes Kamchatka with the Caspian Sea and includes a stellar vertical cartouche depicting the mapping of the northeast passage. You might find yourself wondering about the body of land just east of Kamchatka. (And wonder you should.) 

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