Auction 116, Lot 617

"Kremlenagrad, Castellum Urbis Moskvae", Blaeu, Johannes

Subject: Russia, Moscow

Period: 1662 (published)

Publication: Atlas Maior

Color: Hand Color

Size:
19 x 14.8 inches
48.3 x 37.6 cm

This beautiful rendering illustrates the Kremlin - the heart of Moscow's inner walled fortress. A key provides information on 32 individual buildings and the extensive fortifications. The rivers and title also are named in Cyrillic Russian. The title cartouche is adorned with animal pelts and a unique compass rose orients the plan with west at top. This is one of two plans that Johannes Blaeu issued of Moscow. It is quite scarce, having only been issued in the 1662 edition of the Atlas Maior. Latin text on verso.

References: Van der Krogt (Atlantes) Moskva (Kreml):2.2.

Condition: B

Minor scattered foxing.

Estimate: $1,600 - $2,000

Sold for: $3,250

Closed on 9/20/2006

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