Auction 140, Lot 625

"To His Most Serene and August Majesty Peter Alexovitz Absolute Lord of Russia &c. This Map of Moscovy, Poland, Little Tartary, and ye Black Sea &c. is Most Humbly Dedicated…", Moll, Herman

Subject: Eastern Europe, Russia

Period: 1730 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

38.5 x 24 inches
97.8 x 61 cm

This superb large-scale map covers the Russian Empire from the Baltic to the Black Sea. The map is drawn from the surveys ordered by Peter the Great and is filled with great detail and interesting notations. An inset continues coverage to include the northern part of Russia. The large title cartouche is an allegorical dedication to Peter the Great with his portrait, the Romanov arms and cross of the Orthodox Church. This map was first issued separately and then published in several of Moll's atlases: The World Described, New and Compleat Atlas, and Athlas Royal. This edition was sold by several map sellers as indicated in the imprint at bottom right, including Thomas Bowles, his son John Bowles, Philip Overton, and John King. On two sheets, joined as issued.

References: Shirley (BL Atlases) #T.Moll-4b [13].

Condition: B+

Original color with light toning along folds, a couple of small abrasions, and a few light manuscript ink marks. Backed in tissue to repair several fold separations, a 1" tear in the Baltic Sea, and small chips in blank margins.

Estimate: $2,750 - $3,500


Closed on 5/23/2012