Auction 149, Lot 535

"Russiae, Vulgo Moscovia Dictae, Partes Septentrionalis et Orientalis. Auctore Isaaco Massa", Blaeu, (Family)

Subject: Russia in Europe

Period: 1640 (circa)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

21.5 x 16.6 inches
54.6 x 42.2 cm

This map is based on the travels of Isaac Massa, who visited Moscow in the early 1600s. It details the area from Finland to Siberia and beyond the Jenisej River and south to the Volga River, with Kazan and Novogorod shown. A partial coastline of Novaya Zemla is shown at the top of the map. The map is fully engraved with mountains and forests with deer, bear and other animals throughout. The title cartouche is flanked with pelts, and hunters and a wide variety of animals surround the scale of miles. The crest of the Russian Empire is shown at top. The map is nearly identical to Jansson's map of the same title. Johannes and Cornelius Blaeu's imprint appears above the distance scale. Latin text on verso, published between 1640-43.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. II) #1801:2.

Condition: B+

A fine impression on watermarked paper with original color that has been partially refreshed. There are some faint stains at top near title cartouche, and the map has been professionally remargined at top.

Estimate: $350 - $425

Sold for: $250

Closed on 5/21/2014