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Auction 171, Lot 544

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: 1581 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

17.6 x 13.9 inches
44.7 x 35.3 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. French text on verso, published in 1581.

References: Van den Broecke #162.

Condition: A

A nice impression on a clean, bright sheet with minor show-through of text on verso and professionally repaired centerfold separations at top and bottom.

Estimate: $2,000 - $2,300


Closed on 2/6/2019