"Russiae, Moscoviae et Tartariae Descriptio…", Ortelius, Abraham
Period: 1571 (circa)
Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum
Color: Hand Color
17.5 x 14 inches
44.5 x 35.6 cm
Fascinating map of Russia and the former Soviet republics from the surveys of the English merchant and adventurer, Anthony Jenkinson, in 1562. Jenkinson was leader of the Muscovy Company's first expedition to Russia and the first European to travel widely throughout the region. Ortelius' map replicates much of the detail and decoration found on the original Jenkinson map, with illustrations of Cossacks, camels, encampments, armies, and a curious burial scene where the dead are hung from trees complete with extensive notations. A vignette of Ivan the Terrible appears top left. Dutch text on verso.
Attractive original color with slight oxidation of green and no weakening of paper. Couple of old repairs on edge tears. Couple of small spots, else very good.