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Auction 174, Lot 547

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: 1579 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

17.2 x 13.6 inches
43.7 x 34.5 cm
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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 1579.

References: Van den Broecke #162.

Condition: B+

Watermarked paper with light toning along the centerfold, marginal soiling that enters the map image at top, and an archivally repaired centerfold separation that is confined to the top blank margin.

Estimate: $1,900 - $2,200


Closed on 9/11/2019