Auction 133, Lot 677

"Africa Nuova Tavola", Ruscelli, Girolamo

Subject: Southern Africa

Period: 1562 (published)

Publication: La Geografia di Claudio Tolomeo

Color: Black & White

9.8 x 7 inches
24.9 x 17.8 cm

This "new" map of the southern part of Africa includes some unusual cartography. It is based on Gastaldi's map of 1548. The continent is very broad and the source of the Nile is shown in three lakes, instead of the normal two. Madagascar, Isola de S. Lorenzo, is oddly shaped and surround by smaller islands. It is engraved in the typical Italian style with stippled sea, wide rivers and anthill-like mountains.

References: Norwich #151; Tooley (MCC-30) #S9.

Condition: B+

Three are a couple tiny worm holes in the top border and some faint toning.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $500

Closed on 9/1/2010