Auction 130, Lot 132

"Tierra Nueva", Ruscelli, Girolamo

Subject: Colonial United States and Canada

Period: 1598 (published)

Publication: La Geografia de Claudio Tolomeo Allessadrino…

Color: Black & White

Size:
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: A

A dark impression with the usual printer's ink residue in the plate. A tiny binding hole on the centerfold has been expertly filled.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,300

Sold for: $1,100

Closed on 12/2/2009

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