Auction 148, Lot 555

"Moscva", Merian, Matthaus

Subject: Moscow, Russia

Period: 1650 (circa)

Publication: Neuwe Archontologia Cosmica

Color: Hand Color

14.1 x 10.8 inches
35.8 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.


Condition: A

Attractive color with several printer's creases and a hint of toning along centerfold.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,300

Sold for: $900

Closed on 2/19/2014