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Auction 125, Lot 328

"Nueva Hispania Tabula Nova", Ruscelli, Girolamo

Subject: United States & Mexico

Period: 1574 (circa)

Publication: La Geografia de Claudio Tolomeo Allessadrino…

Color: Black & White

9.5 x 7.3 inches
24.1 x 18.5 cm

This wonderful early map of New Spain is an enlarged version of Gastaldi's map of 1548 with the only notable change being the peninsular Yucatan. The legendary seven cities of Civola are noted and Mexico City is shown within in a large lake. The place names along the upper Gulf Coast reveal the explorations of Pineda, Cabeza de Vaca and Moscosso. The Mississippi makes its appearance as the Rio de Spiritu Santo and the R. Tontonteanc flows in the vicinity of the Colorado River. This is a foundation map in the cartography of the American Southwest, and a must for collectors of that region. Second state with Italian text on verso.

References: Burden #31; Martin & Martin, plt. 3.

Condition: B+

A couple of worm holes on the centerfold have been repaired and there is some light soil.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,300

Sold for: $1,100

Closed on 9/24/2008