Auction 96, Lot 342

"Moscoviae Pars Australis. Auctore Isaaco Massa", Jansson/Pitt

Subject: Russia and Ukraine

Period: 1680 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

19.7 x 15 inches
50 x 38.1 cm

This is Moses Pitt's issue of Jansson's map of the region north of the Sea of Azov. The map is based on the travels of Isaac Massa who visited Moscow in 1600 and thus was in the midst of the turmoil in Russia on the death of Boris Godunov and the assassination of the False Dimitry. The land is fully engraved with forests and wild animals and tiny ships sail in the sea. Three corners of the map are decorated with large cartouches, each flanked with figures depicting the royalty and merchant class.


Condition: A

Attractive later color. Backed with Japanese tissue repairing marginal fold separations and flattening a couple of minor creases.

Estimate: $400 - $450

Sold for: $250

Closed on 9/12/2001