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Auction 160, Lot 570

Ortelius' Map of Russia with a Vignette of Ivan the Terrible

"Russiae, Moscoviae et Tartariae Descriptio. Auctore Antonio Ienkensono Anglo...", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Russia, Eastern Europe & Central Asia

Period: 1574-75 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Black & White

17.2 x 13.6 inches
43.7 x 34.5 cm

Fascinating map of Russia and the former Soviet republics from the surveys of the English merchant and adventurer, Anthony Jenkinson, in 1562. Jenkinson was leader of the Muscovy Company's first expedition to Russia and the first European to travel widely throughout the region. Ortelius' map replicates much of the detail and decoration found on the original Jenkinson map complete with extensive notations, illustrations of Cossacks, camels, encampments, armies, and a curious burial scene where the dead are hung from trees. A vignette of Ivan the Terrible appears at top left. Latin text on verso with page number 61 at bottom right.

References: Van den Broecke #162.

Condition: B+

On watermarked paper with minor offsetting along the centerfold and occasional faint spots.

Estimate: $1,800 - $2,200

Sold for: $1,000

Closed on 11/16/2016