Auction 135, Lot 425

"Septenirionalium Partium Nova Tabula", Ruscelli, Girolamo

Subject: Arctic and Scandinavia

Period: 1574 (published)

Publication: La Geografia di Claudio…

Color: Black & White

Size:
9.5 x 7 inches
24.1 x 17.8 cm

This is a reduced version of the landmark Zeno map showing the mythical islands in the North Atlantic and small coastlines of Labrador (Estotiland) and possibly Newfoundland (Drogeo). Frisland is depicted in considerable detail, with many place names indicated. The only cartographic difference between this and the woodcut map published by Zeno is that there is no land bridge between Greenland and Scandinavia on this edition. This is the second state with the misspelled first word in the title, Septenirionalium, and the name Deogeo. Italian text on verso.

In 1558, Nicolo (the Younger) Zeno claimed to have discovered a 14th century manuscript recording a voyage made by his ancestors Nicolo and Antonio. According to the text, in the year 1380 a storm swept the Zenos into the North Atlantic where they found a group of unknown lands named Frisland, Estotiland, Estland, Icaria, and Drogeo. As a result, maps throughout the 16th century continued to show these fictional islands, especially Frisland.

References: Burden #45; Ginsberg #26; Manasek #19.

Condition: A

Slight printer's ink residue in map, as is usual, with some light toning in the margins.

Estimate: $475 - $550

Sold for: $350

Closed on 2/16/2011

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