Auction 120, Lot 13

"Carta Marina Nuova Tavola", Ruscelli, Girolamo

Subject: World

Period: 1562 (circa)

Publication: La Geografia di Claudio Tolomeo

Color: Hand Color

9.6 x 7 inches
24.4 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, and conversely the eastern coastline connect to Greenland and then onto Scandinavia. The continent is nearly divided by a large inland sea, often referred to as the Sea of Verazzano. Below South America is a huge island of Tierra del Fuego. Loxodromic lines cross the map radiating from sixteen focal points and the sea is stipple engraved. Italian text on verso

References: Shirley #111.

Condition: A

A very fine impression printed on sturdy paper with one tiny worm track in the blank margin, well away from the map. There are a few faint spots of foxing in the margins.

Estimate: $800 - $1,000

Sold for: $1,400

Closed on 7/18/2007