Auction 124, Lot 526

"Russiae, Vulgo Moscovia Dictae; Pars Occidentalis. Auctore Isaaco Massa", Blaeu, (Family)

Subject: Russia

Period: 1660 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
19.3 x 15.3 inches
49 x 38.9 cm

A finely engraved depiction of the area from Estonia to Moscow. 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 of 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. The map is very decorative, with pictorial topography, wildlife and a scene of men hunting bears in the upper part of the map. The decorative cartouche is flanked with reindeer and more. Latin text on verso.

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Condition: B+

A lovely impression with original color on a strong sheet. There is some faint, irregular toning, else very good.

Estimate: $500 - $650

Sold for: $300

Closed on 5/7/2008

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