Auction 112, Lot 113

"Tierra Nueva", Ruscelli, Girolamo

Subject: Colonial United States and Canada

Period: 1561 (published)

Publication: La Geografia…

Color: Hand Color

9.8 x 7.5 inches
24.9 x 19.1 cm

This important early map devoted to the East Coast of North America is based on Giacomo Gastaldi's map of 1548, which combined data from the Verrazano and Cartier voyages. The cartography is unchanged, with the exception of the depiction of the Hudson and St. Lawrence Rivers (unnamed), which are shown connected upriver, a notion he borrowed from Ramusio. Engraved on copper by Giulio and Livio Sanuto in the unmistakable Italian style. This is the first state with the plate mark running off the top of the page. Italian text on verso.

References: Burden #30; Kershaw #18a; McCorkle #561.2.

Condition: A

Old color (probably 19th century) with slight oxidation.

Estimate: $1,300 - $1,500

Sold for: $1,400

Closed on 9/28/2005