Auction 148, Lot 554

"Russiae, Vulgo Moscovia, Pars Australis. Auctore Isaaco Massa", Blaeu, (Family)

Subject: Southwestern Russia

Period: 1643 (published)

Publication: Theatre du Monde ou Nouvel Atlas

Color: Hand Color

20.9 x 15.3 inches
53.1 x 38.9 cm

This map covers the southwestern part of the Russian Empire bordering the Caucasus. The cities of Moscow, Smolensk, Vologda, Nizhniy Novgorod, and Azov are depicted with miniature castles, and smaller towns are shown along the river systems in the region. The map is elaborately embellished with richly dressed people and wild animals flanking three cartouches. The strapwork title cartouche credits the map to Isaac Massa, who visited Moscow in the early 1600s. The imprint of Johann and Cornelius Blaeu is at bottom, just left of centerfold. French text on verso.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. II) #1802:2.

Condition: B+

A nice impression with old color that has been partially refreshed and light toning. There are some faint damp stains confined to bottom blank margin.

Estimate: $350 - $450

Sold for: $275

Closed on 2/19/2014