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: 1584 (published)
Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum
Color: Hand Color
17.8 x 13.9 inches
45.2 x 35.3 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 bright sheet with a small coat of arms watermark, minor offsetting, and some old manuscript notations at far left. There are professional repairs to a couple of minor separations along the centerfold, two tears adjacent to the centerfold, and a horizontal tear at left that extends through the title cartouche and into the Caspian Sea. The repairs are seamless and nearly invisible.