Catalog Archive
Auction 130, Lot 577

"Russiae Moscoviae et Tartariae Descriptio Autore Antonio Ienkensono", Ortelius/Marchetti

Subject: Russia

Period: 1598 (published)

Publication: Theatro del Mondo

Color: Hand Color

4 x 3 inches
10.2 x 7.6 cm
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This tiny map is a reduced version of Anthony Jenkinson's map of 1562. It covers Russia and the former Soviet republics in Central Asia. Jenkinson was leader of the Muscovy Company's first expedition to Russia and was the first European to travel widely throughout the region. The map includes many of the illustrations from the folio map including Cossacks, camels, encampments, and a curious burial scene where the dead are hung from trees. A vignette of Ivan the Terrible appears top left. Pietro Maria Marchetti produced the second pocket atlas based on Abraham Ortelius' folio Theatrum. It is often referred to as the plagiarized version of the Epitome. The copper plates are closely copied from those of Philip Galle's 1593 Italian edition. On a full sheet (5.5 x 7.5") of Italian text.

References: King (2nd ed.) pp. 78-79.

Condition: A+

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $150

Closed on 12/2/2009