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Auction 176, Lot 500

"Russiae, Vulgo Moscovia Dictae, Partes Septentrionalis et Orientalis. Auctore Isaaco Massa", Blaeu, (Family)

Subject: Russia in Europe

Period: 1670 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Major

Color: Hand Color

21.3 x 16.4 inches
54.1 x 41.7 cm
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This map is based on the travels of Isaac Massa, who visited Moscow in the early 1600s. It details the area from Finland to Siberia and beyond the Jenisej River and south to the Volga River, with Kazan and Novogorod shown. A partial coastline of Novaya Zemla is shown at the top of the map. The map is fully engraved with mountains and forests with deer, bears, and other animals throughout. The title cartouche is flanked with pelts, and hunters and a wide variety of animals surround the scale of miles. The crest of the Russian Empire is shown at top. The map is nearly identical to Jansson's map of the same title. Johannes and Cornelius Blaeu's imprint appears above the distance scale. German text on verso.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. II) #1801:2.

Condition: B+

A crisp impression with some light spots, minor offsetting, and some extraneous creasing along the centerfold. There are old paper repairs on recto in the top and bottom blank margins.

Estimate: $275 - $350


Closed on 2/12/2020