Mapping Russia's history and development for an international audience

WEYDEMEYER, Alexandre de

Tableaux historiques, chronologiques, geographiques et statistiques de l'Empire de Russie, avec une carte généalogique

Publication: Pluchart for Bellizard and others, St. Petersbourg, 1828.

WEYDEMEYER, Alexandre de, Tableaux historiques, chronologiques, geographiques et statistiques de l’Empire de Russie, avec une carte généalogique

First edition of this impressive wide-ranging work, finely printed by Pluchart in St. Petersburg. A scarce publication, with a wealth of information on the Russian empire up to Pushkin’s time.

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A scarce St.-Petersburg imprint of large format, with many interesting aspects, including an early cartographic representation of the development of the Russian empire: a large, double-page map showing the “progressive conquest of Siberia”, up to the Alaska and detailing the northern coast of Russia.

The rather luxuriously printed publication intends, in a very didactic way, to familiarise European readers with the history, geography, population, structure and economy of a country that had always seemed to have been a mystery to foreigners.

After a brief history of the Russian Empire covering the period from 862, the work shows a genealogical table of the ruling dynasties. In the present example, the letterpressed Romanov’s dynasty tree, ending with the name Alexander II, is expanded with manuscript notes of a 19th century reader, who updated it with the names of the spouse of Alexander II and their children.

The large double-page tables and maps include a wealth of information on Russian geography, flora, fauna, trade, peoples etc. Of special note are the insets on the Don Cossacks, Georgia, Caucasus and the American colonies.

Unusually the work includes a bibliography, mentioning a majority of books in Russian.

Uncommon: only one example in the USA (Ohio) according to WorldCat, which lists 11 copies overall.


Brunet V, 1437; Cat. Russica W-394.

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Physical Description

Folio (50.5 x 37 cm). Title, [3] pp. incl. preface, bibliography and subscribers’ list, 16 double page text tables, incl. a hand coloured genealogical table and 3 hand coloured engraved maps.


Contemporary half straight-grained green morocco over marbled boards, straight-grained green morocco label to upper cover lettered in gilt.


Binding minimally rubbed otherwise a fine example.

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