Auction 137, Lot 447

"Tierra Nova", Ruscelli, Girolamo

Subject: South America

Period: 1574 (circa)

Publication: La Geografia de Claudio Tolomeo Allessadrino…

Color: Black & White

10 x 7.5 inches
25.4 x 19.1 cm

An early copper engraving based on Gastaldi, that covers the South American continent, the South Atlantic and part of the coast of Guinea. It includes numerous inaccuracies with the Amazon River, here called R Maragnon, shown with its source in the south. There are place names along the coastlines, except in present-day Chili, which had yet to be explored by Europeans. The great Inca cities are shown in Peru. Italian text on verso.


Condition: B+

There is printer’s ink residue in the plate and minor show through of text on verso. A small wormhole on centerfold has been professionally infilled with facsimile of a letter in <i>R. del Franc</i> and the map has been pressed.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $300

Closed on 9/14/2011