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Auction 174, Lot 551

"Russiae Moscovia et Tartariae Descriptio Autore Antonio Jenkensono", Ortelius/Galle

Subject: Russia, Eastern Europe & Central Asia

Period: 1590 (published)

Publication: Epitome du Theatre du Monde d'Abraham Ortelius

Color: Hand Color

4.3 x 3 inches
10.9 x 7.6 cm
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This tiny map is a reduced version of Anthony Jenkinson's map of 1562. It covers Russia and the former Soviet republics in Central Asia. Jenkinson was leader of the Muscovy Company's first expedition to Russia and was the first European to travel widely throughout the region. The map includes many of the illustrations from the folio map including Cossacks, camels, encampments, and a curious burial scene where the dead are hung from trees. A vignette of Ivan the Terrible appears top left. French text on verso. The first pocket version of Ortelius' Theatrum was published by Philippe Galle in 1577 as Spieghel der Werelt. Galle began a new edition with new plates, commonly known as the Epitome, in 1588. Galle's miniature atlas was quite popular, and was published in editions until 1602. From 1583 he gradually introduced a new set of maps, both adding to and replacing the originals. The plates were then passed to Jan B. Vrients, who retouched some of the plates and published the final editions of the Epitome in 1601 and 1602.

References: King (2nd Ed.) pp. 64-65 & 88-89; Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #1800:331.

Condition: B+

A nice impression with light toning and marginal soiling.

Estimate: $140 - $170


Closed on 9/11/2019