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The Best Early English Map of Russia
Russia/ Lithuania/ Ukraine.
SPEED, J. [London, 1676]
A Map of Russia.
15 5/8 x 20 1/8 inches
Fine hand color; a few mended splits in lower margin, two just entering surface, else excellent condition.
One of the first English maps of Russia, and the most decorative. The map is scarce, having appeared only in the second edition of the Speed atlas. At upper left is a large plan of Moscow with a key to important locations. There are five views: the Emperor's Court, the vital port of Archangel, the Russian fort at Narva (in modern Estonia and a crucial stronghold on Russia’s western border), bathhouses and a mill. Above the cartouche are figures dressed in “The Habit of Russians,” one of whom carries the Russian coat of arms. The only earlier English map of Russia is that of Richard Blome, a reduced edition of Nicolas Sanson’s map of the region.