Auction 125, Lot 17

"Carta Marina Nuova Tavola", Ruscelli, Girolamo

Subject: World

Period: 1564 (published)

Publication: La Geografia di Claudio Tolomeo

Color: Black & White

Size:
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. Latin text on verso. First state with the plate mark running off the sheet in the top margin.

References: Shirley #111.

Condition: A

The margins are uneven, as issued, with little margin at upper left corner, else fine.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,400

Sold for: $900

Closed on 9/24/2008

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