Auction 148, Lot 118

"Tierra Nueva", Ruscelli, Girolamo

Subject: Eastern United States & Canada

Period: 1574 (circa)

Publication: La Geografia di Claudio Tolomeo Allessadrino…

Color: Black & White

9.6 x 7.3 inches
24.4 x 18.5 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, with Italian text on verso.

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

Condition: B+

On watermarked paper with faint toning, minor show-through of text on verso, and a few short worm tracks in the top blank margin, well away from image.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,300

Sold for: $500

Closed on 2/19/2014