Auction 113, Lot 23

"Carta Marina Nuova Tavola", Ruscelli, Girolamo

Subject: World

Period: 1561 (circa)

Publication: La Geografia de Claudio Tolomeo Allessadrino…

Color: Hand Color

Size:
9.5 x 7 inches
24.1 x 17.8 cm

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. Italian text on verso.

References: Shirley #111.

Condition: A

Early impression and attractive later color.

Estimate: $900 - $1,100

Sold for: $650

Closed on 12/7/2005

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