Auction 126, Lot 118

"Tierra Nueva", Ruscelli, Girolamo

Subject: Colonial United States & Canada

Period: 1598 (published)

Publication: Geografia di Clavido Tolomeo Alessandrino

Color: Black & White

9.7 x 7 inches
24.6 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. Engraved on copper by Giulio and Livio Sanuto in the unmistakable Italian style. This is the last state with several additional place names, including Virginia, Nova Francia, Estotilant, and India Nuova, and a galleon and fierce sea monster adorning the sea. Italian text on verso.

References: Burden #30; Kershaw #20; McCorkle #561.2.

Condition: B

Toned on centerfold with some worm tracks in the blank margins professionally infilled and not affecting the map.

Estimate: $900 - $1,100

Sold for: $900

Closed on 12/3/2008