Auction 139, Lot 510

"Russiae, Moscoviae et Tartariae Descriptio…", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Period: 1570 (circa)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

17.5 x 14 inches
44.5 x 35.6 cm

Fascinating map of Russia and the former Soviet republics from the surveys of the English merchant and adventurer, Anthony Jenkinson, in 1562. Jenkinson was leader of the Muscovy Company's first expedition to Russia and the first European to travel widely throughout the region. Ortelius' map replicates much of the detail and decoration found on the original Jenkinson map complete with extensive notations, illustrations of Cossacks, camels, encampments, armies, and a curious burial scene where the dead are hung from trees. A vignette of Ivan the Terrible appears at top left. Latin text on verso, published between 1570-73.

References: Van den Broecke #162.

Condition: B+

Wide margins on watermarked paper with light toning and a few faint spots of foxing. A short centerfold separation that enters 1/4" into map image at bottom has been closed on verso with Japanese tissue. Remnants of hinge tape on verso.

Estimate: $1,500 - $1,800

Sold for: $1,800

Closed on 2/15/2012