Auction 142, Lot 533

"Tabula Russiae ... M.DC.XIIII", Blaeu, Willem

Subject: Russia in Europe

Period: 1614 (dated)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
21.5 x 16.8 inches
54.6 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.

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Condition: B+

A nice impression with attractive color and a professionally repaired centerfold separation that enters 1.3" into map at bottom. The map has also been professionally remargined at right and bottom left corner, with a 1" section of border at left and the bottom right corner border expertly replaced in facsimile.

Estimate: $2,200 - $2,500

Sold for: $1,400

Closed on 11/28/2012

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