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Auction 142, Lot 343

"Tierra Nova", Ruscelli, Girolamo

Subject: South America

Period: 1562 (circa)

Publication: Geographia Claudio Ptolemaei…

Color: Black & White

9.7 x 7.3 inches
24.6 x 18.5 cm
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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. Latin text on verso.

References: Mickwitz & Miekkavaara #217-61.

Condition: B+

There is a hint of toning along centerfold, a couple of minor spots, and an archivally repaired centerfold separation in bottom blank margin.

Estimate: $400 - $500


Closed on 11/28/2012