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BLOOME, Richard. - A MAPP OF THE ESTATES OF THE GREAT DUKE OF RUSSIA BLANCH or MOSCOVIA, 1669
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A MAPP OF THE ESTATES OF THE GREAT DUKE OF RUSSIA BLANCH or MOSCOVIA, 1669 - BLOOME, Richard.
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Title : A MAPP OF THE ESTATES OF THE GREAT DUKE OF RUSSIA BLANCH or MOSCOVIA, 1669.
Map maker : BLOOME, Richard..
Date : London, 1669.
Size : 11.0 x 16.1 inches. / 28.0 x 41.0 cm.
Colouring : Old o/l colored.
Description :A copperplate map, in part colour, showing part of the Russian Empire. The earliest folio sized map of the region to be engraved in England. Blome's maps, because of their rarity and importance in the history of English Cartography, are essential items for regional collectors.
Blome first began engraving maps for his 'Geographical Description Of The Four Parts Of The World' in 1667. The completed volume was in small folio, and contained 24 maps (plus one duplicate), engraved by Francis Lamb, Thomas Burnford and Wenceslas Hollar.
Blome's principal handicap in the production of the atlas was the lack of a domestic mapmaking environment that was comparable with that in Europe. Also, to finance his work, he undertook subscribers, in exchange for a promise to add their coat of arms to certain maps.
In later editions, if the renewal fee was not paid, Blome added a different subscribers coat of arms, leading to multiple images on various editions of the same map.
Condition : Little soiling in right margin and a small restoration on upper right corner (affecting outer margin only).
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