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Auction 153, Lot 548

"Kaerte van de Rivier Indiga, Leggende Agter Sweetenos", Witsen, Nicolaas

Subject: Northern Russia

Period: 1705 (circa)

Publication: Noord en Oost Tartarye

Color: Hand Color

7.1 x 4.7 inches
18 x 11.9 cm

Nicolaas Witsen (1641-1717) was a Dutchman who was a cartographer, authority on shipbuilding, administrator of the VOC, and served as mayor of Amsterdam multiple times. Witsen traveled to Moscow in 1664-65, keeping a diary and collecting artifacts. He became fascinated about Russia and obtained all information available at the time on the subject, including maps, travelogues, manuscripts and objects. In 1692, Witsen published the most comprehensive and authoritative work on Russia and northern Asia, Noord en Oost Tartarye. A second expanded edition was published in 1705 with additional maps, and again reprinted in 1785. All editions are very rare.

This map depicts the Indiga River flowing into the Barents Sea in northwestern Russia. A large compass rose orients north to the left. The map is adorned with a decorative title cartouche.


Condition: A

A clean and bright example on watermarked paper with some soiling in the top left corner, far from map.

Estimate: $110 - $140

Sold for: $80

Closed on 5/20/2015