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Jan Jansson: Novissima Russiae Tabula

Map: RUS2574
 
Cartographer: Jan Jansson
Title: Novissima Russiae Tabula
Date: c. 1640
Published: Amsterdam
Width: 21 inches / 54 cm
Height: 18 inches / 46 cm
Map ref: RUS2574
Description:
Jansson edition of Henricus Hondius's celebrated map of European Russia based on information brought back to Amsterdam by the Dutch merchant Isaac Massa. In 1601 Massa traveled to Moscow to assist with his family's grain-trading business. During his time in Russia he witnessed the Time of Troubles, a period of civil war. He managed to escape Moscow after the fall of Boris Gudonov and eventually returned to Amsterdam with his notes and maps. Massa's map, first published by Hessel Gerritz in 1614, became the basis for virtually all 17th century European maps of Russia.

Latin descriptive text on the verso. Original hand-colour. [RUS2574]