"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.
Watermarked paper with minor foxing and a few tiny chips and tears all confined to the blank margins.