"Moscoviae Pars Australis. Auctore Isaaco Massa", Jansson/Pitt
Subject: Russia and Ukraine
Period: 1680 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
19.7 x 15 inches
50 x 38.1 cm
This is Moses Pitt's issue of Jansson's map of the region north of the Sea of Azov. The map is based on the travels of Isaac Massa, the Dutch traveler & merchant, who first visited Russia during the Time of the Troubles. He 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. When he returned to Holland in 1609, he brought a rich collection of historical, geographical, ethnographic & cartographic material that formed the basis of this and several other important maps of the region from this period. The land is fully engraved with forests and wild animals and tiny ships sail in the sea. Three corners of the map are decorated with large cartouches, each flanked with figures depicting the royalty, Cossacks and the merchant class.
Map has been backed with archival tissue for no apparent reason except to repair a couple of very minor edge tears and a fold separation in bottom margin.