Auction 139, Lot 507

"A Correct Map of Moscovy Humbly Dedicated to the Honourable Sr. Thomas Powell…", Price, Charles

Subject: Russia

Period: 1711 (dated)

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Color: Hand Color

Size:
25.3 x 38 inches
64.3 x 96.5 cm

A beautiful cartouche crowns this rare, large-scale map of the heart of Russia. It covers from the White Sea to the Sea of Azov and from Lake Ladoga to the Kama and Volga River valleys. The map is filled with incredible detail and extensive notations locating cities, villages, salt mines, fortifications, castles, ruins, forests, and roads. At St. Petersburg there is a note that the town was built by the Czar. Charles Price was an English mapmaker whose works were nearly all collaborative efforts in a succession of ill-fated partnerships that were not commercially successful. This map was sold by George Wieldey & Timothy Brandreth at the Archimedes & Globe in Ludgate Street, London. While dated 1711, it was likely issued after Wildey’s acquisition of some of Price’s plates in 1713. George Wiledey (aka Wildey), a spectacle and scientific instrument maker and a publisher, went on to become a notable toy maker.

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Condition: B+

A dark impression with original outline color. There are a couple of minute worm holes only visible when held to light and a few light printer's creases. Some paper damage in right margin that barely affects the border has been repaired.

Estimate: $600 - $900

Sold for: $450

Closed on 2/15/2012

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