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Auction 191, Lot 588

Scarce Map of Moscow with Title in Cyrillic

"[Benevole Lector, in hac Tabula Urbis Moskvae…]", Blaeu, Johannes

Subject: Moscow, Russia

Period: 1662 (published)

Publication: Atlas Maior

Color: Hand Color

19.3 x 14.8 inches
49 x 37.6 cm
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This is one of two plans that Johannes Blaeu issued of Moscow. It is derived from surveys ordered by Boris Fyodorovich Godunov, Tsar of Muscovy until 1598. The bird's-eye plan shows the old city and the Kremlin, surrounded by the Kitay Grad (or fortified city). An extensive key flanks the plan and in the upper left corner is the Russian coat of arms with a double-headed eagle. The actual title is in elaborate Cyrillic lettering. This plan of Moscow is quite scarce, having only been issued in the Atlas Maior. Latin text on verso.

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

Condition: A+

A crisp impression on a bright sheet with professionally repaired centerfold separations confined to the blank margins.

Estimate: $3,000 - $3,750


Closed on 2/8/2023