Auction 127, Lot 603

"Moscva", Merian, Matthaus

Subject: Moscow, Russia

Period: 1640 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
14 x 10.7 inches
35.6 x 27.2 cm

Great bird's-eye plan displaying Moscow situated at the junction of the Moskva and Neglinnaya Rivers, which form a moat protecting all but the northeast flank of the Kremlin. The map shows the Kremlin and old city, Kitay-gorod, at center. These are surrounded by successive rings of fortifications in an elegant and superbly well-protected metropolis. The plan is ornamented with a coat of arms, simple compass rose and a key to the numbered features, quarters and buildings. This map has been trimmed nearly to neatline and mounted on a sheet of eighteenth century paper for inclusion in a composite atlas with the map number in manuscript in the upper right corner of the blank margin.

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Condition: A

Dark impression with lovely color.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,400

Sold for: $950

Closed on 2/25/2009

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