SR OSP - 87.9
F0 : 2p. Folded sheet. 18inches x 14.5 inches; original hand colouring
CC-BY-NC-ND Image Courtesy of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
Hand coloured map of russia and neighbouring countries including Lithuania, Lapland, Astrakhan, Persia, Turkmenistan, the Mughal Empire, the Realm of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. The map shows the Iceland of Novaya Zemlya. At the bottom left there is a large title cartouche in which the title and the author and identified. At the top there is a figure identified as Tsar Ivan IV Vasilyevich (also known as "Ivan The Terrible '1530-1584) with a scepter in a festively decorated tent. At the centre bottom there is a milage scale. Present are less known territories show stereotypical scenes and local lore such as the local gods of idolatry and sun worship. This map is known for its accurate width determination for distance between the Volga and the Danube estuary. This map appeared in Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, the scale is 1:12,000,000. The map is based on Anthony Jenkinson (1529 1610/1611)'s map of Russia, which he produced in 1562 on behalf of the Muscovy Company. Jenkinson travelled to Bukhara in 1557-59 and to Russia three more times thereafter, but into Asia (as far as Persia) during only one of these trips. The vignettes are based upon Marco Polo's travels, and include over a dozen indigenous and mythical scenes, costumed locals and animals. Abraham Ortelius (1527-1598) was one of the most important figures in cartographer in this period. He is best known for his 'Theatrum Orbis Terrarum' generally considered the first Atlas. Most of the maps in Theatrum Orbis Terrarum were engraved by Franz Hogenburg Previous number 27235 ?? Possibly purchases from Jonathan Potter in 1992, alongside Londinium feracissimi Angliae Regni metropolis., number 1347?