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Auction 138, Lot 132

"Tierra Nueva", Ruscelli, Girolamo

Subject: United States and Canada

Period: 1574 (circa)

Publication: La Geografia di Claudio Tolomeo Allessadrino…

Color: Black & White

9.5 x 7 inches
24.1 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. Bermuda is named off the Florida coast as La Bremuda. Engraved on copper by Giulio and Livio Sanuto in the unmistakable Italian style. This is the second state, Italian text on verso.

References: Burden #30; Kershaw #18a; McCorkle #561.2.

Condition: B+

Mild creasing and offsetting in the upper fold with darker than usual printer's ink residue in the map.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,300

Sold for: $750

Closed on 12/7/2011