Auction 112, Lot 20

"Orbis Descriptio", Ruscelli, Girolamo

Subject: World

Period: 1561 (published)

Publication: La Geografia di Claudio Tolomeo

Color: Hand Color

10 x 7 inches
25.4 x 17.8 cm

This important map is the first double hemisphere world map to appear in atlas form. It is elegantly engraved in the characteristic Italian style and adapted from the oval projection used for Gastaldi's larger world map. Terra Incognita is distinctly shown as a land bridge linking Asia and North America with its coastline labeled Littus incognitum. There is no southern continent. First state. Italian text on verso.

References: Shirley #110; Manasek #20.

Condition: A

Fine impression with later color.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,400

Sold for: $1,100

Closed on 9/28/2005