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Auction 106, Lot 13

"Carta Marina Nuova Tavola", Ruscelli, Girolamo

Subject: World

Period: 1564 (circa)

Publication: La Geografia di Claudio Tolomeo

Color: Black & White

9.5 x 7 inches
24.1 x 17.8 cm
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Ruscelli's mariner's map is based on Gastaldi's map of 1548. The landmasses are shown with little interior detail but with a fair number of coastal place names. The North American continent is most interesting with the western coastline extending to join Asia. The continent is nearly divided by a large inland sea. In the Northeast the Montagna Verde appears just below an isthmus that connects to Greenland and then onto the Scandinavia. Below South America is a huge island of Tierra del Fuego. Loxodromic lines crisscross the map radiating from sixteen focal points and the sea is stipple engraved.

References: Shirley #111.

Condition: B

Fine crisp impression with a few minor spots. Tissue repairs at folds in blank margins.

Estimate: $900 - $1,100

Sold for: $650

Closed on 3/3/2004