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Auction 118, Lot 102

"Universale Della Parte del Mondo Nuovamente Ritrovata", Gastaldi/Ramusio

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1606 (published)

Publication: Navigationi et Viaggi, vol. III

Color: Black & White

11 x 11.5 inches
27.9 x 29.2 cm

Extremely important map of the Americas, which includes the first mention of several names from the explorations of Coronado of 1540-42, including the elusive cities of Cibola and Quivera. The Sierra Nevadas appear for the first time, following the voyage of Juan Rodrequez Cabrillo in 1542. The map was originated by Gastaldi and is one of four he did for Ramusio. It leaves open the question of a land bridge from North America to Asia. This is the second issue from the second block, published in 1606. The first block, with identical geography, was destroyed in a fire at the printing establishment of Thomaso Guinti shortly after its publication in 1556. A nice example of this important and scarce map.

References: Burden #34; Wagner (NW) #35; Wheat (TMW) #9.

Condition: A

Nice impression on very good paper. Couple of very light printer's creases, otherwise fine.

Estimate: $3,500 - $4,500


Closed on 3/6/2007