Auction 123, Lot 584

"Russiae, Vulgo Moscovia Dictae, Partes Septentrionalis et Orientalis. Auctore Isaaco Massa", Jansson, Jan

Subject: Russia

Period: 1630 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

21.3 x 16.5 inches
54.1 x 41.9 cm

The map is based on the travels of Isaac Massa, who visited Moscow in the early 1600s and thus was in the midst of the turmoil in Russia on the death of Tsar Boris Godunov and the assassination of the False Dimitry, who only reigned as Tsar for ten months before he was killed in 1606. It details the area from Finland to Siberia and beyond the Jenisej River and south to the Volga River, with Kazan and Novogorod shown. A partial coastline of Novaya Zemla is shown at the top of the map. The map is fully engraved with mountains and forests with deer, bear and other animals throughout. The title cartouche is flanked with pelts, and hunters and a wide variety of animals surround the scale of miles. The crest of the Russian Empire is shown at top.


Condition: B+

A dark impression. The sheet has some marginal tears and foxing, and the lower part of the side margins have paper added to facilitate framing.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $350

Closed on 2/20/2008