Auction 129, Lot 624

"Tabula Russiae ... alias dicta Moscovia", Merian, Matthaus

Subject: Eastern Europe, Russia

Period: 1638 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
13.5 x 11 inches
34.3 x 27.9 cm

Attractive and unusual map including all of Scandinavia through to the Black and Caspian Seas. The map is based on Hessel Gerritsz' rare and significant map of Russia, compiled from manuscripts brought back by Isaac Massa. The arc north of Crimea marks the defense line from the upper reaches of the tributaries of the Dnipro down to the Volga. Richly decorated with a large title cartouche, three Russian gentlemen, and a view of Archangel Sckagoroda., the port of Arkhangelsk.

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Condition: B+

Narrow, but adequate margins, as issued. Pair of tiny worm tracks that just touch the top border have been patched on verso with old paper.

Estimate: $550 - $650

Sold for: $1,100

Closed on 9/23/2009

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