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ORTELIUS, A. - Russiae, Moscoviae et Tartariae Descriptio.

ORTELIUS, A. -  Russiae, Moscoviae et Tartariae Descriptio.
Russiae, Moscoviae et Tartariae Descriptio. - ORTELIUS, A.
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Title : Russiae, Moscoviae et Tartariae Descriptio..
Map maker : ORTELIUS, A..
Date : Antwerp, 1570 - 1612.
Size : 13.9 x 17.5 inches. / 35.4 x 44.5 cm.
Colouring : Coloured.

Description :Engraved by Frans Hogenberg from an original of 1562 by Anthony Jenkinson four-sheet map of Russia published in 1562 for the English Muscovy Company. The many vignettes are based on the reports of Marco Polo's explorations.
From a Latin text edition.

Anthony Jenkinson became a member of the Mercer's Company in 1555. In 1558 Jenkinson's expedition left in order finding a trading route from Moscow to Persia and China. He made his way through Moscow meeting with Ivan the Terrible to the Volga and Caspian Sea.
From there they pushed on ever deeper into Asia finally reaching Bukhara in present day Uzbekistan. Jenkinson is said to have been the first foreigner to cross Russia from north to south and the first Englishman to reach so far east. On his return to England in 1560 he began preparation of his map published in 1562 in four sheets. Until 1988 no example was known to survive then one was located in Poland and now resides in the University Library of Wroclaw. It remains the sole survivor (illustrated in 'The Map Collector' no. 52 p. 29.
Eight years later Abraham Ortelius published a reduced size version for his very influential 'Theatrum Orbis Terrarum'.
v.d.Broecke, Ortelius 162.
Condition : Good margins and printed on strong paper.


ID: 31303

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