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Auction 153, Lot 550

"Delineatio Provinciae Tartarorum, nunc Crim Antiquitus Vero Taurica Chersonesus", Witsen, Nicolaas

Subject: Crimea

Period: 1685 (dated)

Publication: Noord en Oost Tartarye

Color: Hand Color

7.4 x 5.6 inches
18.8 x 14.2 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 of the Crimean peninsula includes information on towns, roads, rivers, the location of pastures where horses graze (denoted with a miniature horse), and the location of nomadic dwellers (denoted with a miniature covered wagon).


Condition: A

A clean and bright example on watermarked paper with light printer's ink residue.

Estimate: $160 - $200

Sold for: $210

Closed on 5/20/2015