"Tabula Russiae ... M.DC.XIIII", Blaeu, Willem
Period: 1644 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
21.6 x 16.8 inches
54.9 x 42.7 cm
This is Blaeu's version of Hessel Gerritsz' rare and significant map of Russia, which he compiled from manuscripts brought back by Isaac Massa. The map covers the European part of the Russian Empire extending from Poland to the steppes of Tartary, and from the Mourmanskoy More (Barents Sea) to the Black and Caspian Seas. The large inset plan of Moscow is attributed to the Crown Prince Fydor Gudonov. The map is richly decorated with a large title cartouche, sailing ships, a compass rose, three Russian gentlemen, and an inset view of Archangel Sckagoroda. French text on verso.
A good impression and attractive color with light toning along centerfold and a centerfold separation that enters 2" into map at bottom that has been closed on verso with old paper. There are minor damp stains and two archivally repaired tears in blank margins, not affecting map.