Ortelius' Map of Russia with a Vignette of Ivan the Terrible
"Russiae, Moscoviae et Tartariae Descriptio. Auctore Antonio Ienkensono Anglo, Edita Londini Anno 1562...", Ortelius, Abraham
Subject: Russia, Eastern Europe & Central Asia
Period: 1579 (published)
Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum
Color: Hand Color
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.
References: Van den Broecke #162.
A nice impression on a sheet with the crossed arrows watermark commonly found on Ortelius maps. There is marginal soiling and archival repairs to a few minor separations along the centerfold and an adjacent extraneous crease that has been pressed flat.