Auction 135, Lot 331

"Nueva Hispania Tabula Nova", Ruscelli, Girolamo

Subject: Southwest United States & Mexico

Period: 1564 (published)

Publication: La Geografia de Claudio Tolomeo Allessadrino…

Color: Black & White

9.5 x 7.3 inches
24.1 x 18.5 cm

This is a foundation map in the cartography of the American Southwest, and a must for collectors of that region. It is an enlarged version of Gastaldi's map of 1548 with the only notable change being the peninsular Yucatan. The legendary seven cities of Ciuola are prominently depicted and Mexico City is shown floating 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. Considered the earliest relatively obtainable map of Mexico and the American Southwest. First state (Burden).

References: Burden #31; Martin & Martin, plt. 3; Wheat (TMW) #7.

Condition: B+

Margin trimmed and replaced at top (removing title) with an old repair at top left. Minor toning along fold.

Estimate: $900 - $1,100

Sold for: $1,100

Closed on 2/16/2011