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Description: This extraordinary, very large & beautifully hand coloured original antique map of European Russia - Moscovy - including parts of Scandinavia, the Baltic States & The Ukraine by John Senex & John Maxwell in 1712 - dated in title - and was published for Senex's large Elephant Folio General Atlas.
These large scale maps are scarce as damage and loss over time was frequent from both handling and difficulty storing safely.
General Description: Paper thickness and quality: - Heavy and stable Paper color: - white Age of map color: - Original & later Colors used: - Yellow, green, blue, red General color appearance: - Authentic Paper size: - 38in x 27in (990mm x 665mm) Plate size: - 37in x 25in (930mm x 635mm) Margins: - min. 1/2in (12mm) Imperfections: Margins: - None Plate area: - Folds as issued Verso: - Folds re-enforced on verso
Background: It is scarcely necessary to look at a map of Russia - with which we must include Siberia - to visualize the daunting task facing Russian map makers. Indeed, considering the vastness of their territory and the lack of skilled cartographers, it is surprising that relatively good maps were available for engraving and printing in most of the well known sixteenth and seventeenth century atlases. Generally, maps of that time were based on material brought back from Moscow by visitors from the West. (Ref: Tooley; M&B)