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Auction 153, Lot 549

Scarce Map of Moscow with Title in Cyrillic

"[Benevole Lector, in hac Tabula Urbis Moskvae…]", Blaeu, (Family)

Subject: Moscow, Russia

Period: 1659 (published)

Publication: Nuevo Atlas

Color: Hand Color

19.2 x 14.8 inches
48.8 x 37.6 cm

This is one of two plans that Johannes Blaeu issued of Moscow. It is derived from surveys ordered by Boris Fyodorovich Godunov, Tsar of Muscovy until 1598. The bird's-eye plan shows the old city and the Kremlin, surrounded by the Kitay Grad (or fortified city). An extensive key flanks the plan and in the upper left corner is the Russian coat of arms with a double-headed eagle. The actual title is in elaborate Cyrillic lettering. This plan of Moscow is quite scarce, having only been issued in a few editions of the Atlas Maior. Spanish text on verso.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. II) Moskva:2.

Condition: B+

Full original color on watermarked paper with wide margins and a few professionally repaired centerfold separations including one that enters 2" into map at bottom. A long vertical crease adjacent to the scroll and a couple of short creases in the title cartouche have been professionally reinforced on verso. Several worm tracks in the blank margins have been professionally infilled.

Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000

Sold for: $2,500

Closed on 5/20/2015