Catalog Archive
Auction 91, Lot 268

"Russiae, Moscoviae et Tartatiae Descriptio",

Subject: Russia

Period: 1572-73 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

17.5 x 14 inches
44.5 x 35.6 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, with extensive notations and illustrations of Cosacks, camels, encampments, armies and a curious burial scene where the dead are hung from trees. A vignette of Ivan the Terrible appears top left. Scale - 1:12,000,000. Ref: Van den Broecke #162. German text and page #46 on verso. One tiny marginal tear. $1,000 RESERVE


Condition: A

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,300

Sold for: $1,300

Closed on 6/14/2000