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Auction 115, Lot 547

"Tabula Russiae ... M.DC.XIIII", Blaeu, Willem

Subject: Russia

Period: 1644 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

21.5 x 16.8 inches
54.6 x 42.7 cm

This is Blaeu's version of Hessel Gerritsz' rare and significant map of Russia, which he compiled from manuscripts brought back by Isaac Massa. Includes a large inset plan of Moscow that is attributed to the Crown Prince Fydor Gudonov. Richly decorated with a large title cartouche, sailing ships, a compass rose, three Russian gentlemen, and an inset view of Archangel Sckagoroda. Fine stipple engraved seas further embellish this handsome map.

References: Van der Krogt, P. (Atlantes) 1800:2.2

Condition: B

Overall toning, else very good with a fine impression and old color.

Estimate: $950 - $1,100

Sold for: $900

Closed on 6/21/2006