Auction 170, Lot 540

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

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

Subject: Russia, Eastern Europe & Central Asia

Period: 1603 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

Size:
17.5 x 13.8 inches
44.5 x 35.1 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, published in 1603.

References: Van den Broecke #162.

Condition: A

A nice impression on watermarked paper with some light printer's ink residue. There is a professionally repaired 1" tear on the eastern shore of the Caspian Sea.

Estimate: $2,000 - $2,300

Sold for: $1,500

Closed on 11/14/2018

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