Tomorrow is the opening ceremony for the 2014 Olympic Games, held in Sochi. To celebrate, we have two early maps of Russia. ( Sochi however will not appear on either map, because it wasn’t founded until the mid-19th century).
The 17th century map is Willem Blaeu’s version of Hessel Gerritsz’ rare and important map of Russia. This fine map was compiled from manuscripts brought back from Russia by Isaac Massa. It is beautifully embellished with a large title cartouche, sailing ships, a compass rose, three Russian gentlemen, and a view of the port of Archangel. In the upper left is a large plan of the walled city of Moscow.
The 18th century map was published Homann Heirs in Nuremberg, and is a depiction of greater Russia, from the Baltic to Kamchatka, including Japan, Korea and the majority of China. Great detail is provided, including many city names, rivers and other topographical features.
Image on the Left: Tabula Russiae. . .MDCXIIII. Willem J. Blaeu. Copper plate engraving, 1614 – c.1640. Latin text on verso. LINK.
Image on the Right: Imperii Russici et Tatariae Universae. Homann Heirs. Published by Homann Heirs, Nuremberg. Copper engraving, hand colored, 1739. LINK.