Auction 103, Lot 244

"Tierra Nova", Ruscelli, Girolamo

Subject: South America

Period: 1561 (circa)

Publication: La Geografia di Claudio Tolomeo

Color: Black & White

10 x 7 inches
25.4 x 17.8 cm

Early copper engraving based on Gastaldi's map. The map depicts the South American continent, the South Atlantic and part of the coast of Guinea. It includes numerous inaccuracies with the Amazon River, here called R Maragnon, shown with its source in the south. There are place names along the coastlines, except in present-day Chili, which had yet to be explored by Europeans. The great Inca cities are shown in Peru. Italian text on verso.


Condition: C

Tiny worm track along centerfold extending 3/4" with slight loss of engraving, otherwise good.

Estimate: $500 - $600

Sold for: $300

Closed on 6/11/2003