Auction 122, Lot 143

"Tierra Nueva", Ruscelli, Girolamo

Subject: Colonial United States & Canada

Period: 1574 (circa)

Publication: La Geografia de Claudio Tolomeo Allessadrino…

Color: Black & White

Size:
9.5 x 7 inches
24.1 x 17.8 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. Bermuda is named off the Florida coast as Bremuda. Engraved on copper by Giulio and Livio Sanuto in the unmistakable Italian style. This is the second state, Italian text on verso.

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

Condition: A

Nice clean sheet with a couple of spots of foxing in the margins, and a printer's ink smudge in map.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,400

Sold for: $1,400

Closed on 12/5/2007

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