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Auction 138, Lot 650

"Moscva", Merian, Matthaus

Subject: Moscow, Russia

Period: 1650 (circa)

Publication: Neuwe Archontologia cosmica

Color: Hand Color

13.9 x 10.8 inches
35.3 x 27.4 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 contained in a monument-style cartouche.


Condition: A

Bit of minor toning in margins, else fine.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,400

Sold for: $800

Closed on 12/7/2011