"[Lot of 2] Mappae Imperii Moscovitici pars Septentrionalis, Adornata per Guillielmum de l'Isle... [and] Imperii Moscovitici pars Australis in Lucem Edita per Guillielmum de l'Isle...", Seutter, Matthias
Period: 1730 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
22.9 x 19.7 inches
58.2 x 50 cm
This matched pair of maps divides western Russia into provinces and is based on Delisle's cartography. The maps are filled with countless place names, rivers, roads, swamps, and forests. The northern map focuses on the region south of the White Sea and includes St. Petersburg, Arkhangelsk, and Vologda. It features a decorative title cartouche containing images of wildlife, hunters, and a sleigh. This map of southern Russia and eastern Ukraine shows Moscow as a fortified city just north of center.
Dark impressions on watermarked paper with original color, minor color offsetting, and centerfold separations that enter 1" into map at bottom and have been closed on verso with archival tape. The northern sheet has a printer's crease at bottom and the southern sheet has a faint damp stain that enters the map image at top. There are short edge tears in the blank margins and toning along the edges of the sheets.