Auction 142, Lot 532

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

Subject: Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Period: 1579 (published)

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.

References: Van den Broecke #162.

Condition: B+

Attractive color on watermarked paper with wide original margins. There are two tiny holes along centerfold, a few small, unobtrusive spots, and a tear in bottom blank margin that has been repaired with old paper on verso. Remnants of hinge tape on verso.

Estimate: $1,900 - $2,100

Sold for: $1,400

Closed on 11/28/2012