"Russiae, Vulgo Moscovia Dictae, Partes Septentrionalis et Orientalis. Auctore Isaaco Massa", Pitt, Moses
Period: 1681 (published)
Color: Black & White
21 x 16.5 inches
53.3 x 41.9 cm
This is Moses Pitt's uncommon issue of Jansson's map of northern Russia. The map is based on the travels of Isaac Massa who visited Moscow in 1600 and thus was in the midst of the turmoil in Russia on the death of Boris Godunov and the assassination of the False Dimitry. It covers from Finland to just beyond the Jenisej River and south to the Volga River and includes the cities of Jaroslavl, Niznij Novgorod, and Kazan. The map is fully engraved with mountains and forests with deer, bear and other animals throughout. Large title cartouche, coat of arms, and a scale of miles with two men and several wild animals. The map was published in conjunction with Jansson-Waesbergen, whose imprint appears in the scale cartouche.