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Auction 151, Lot 695

"Africa Nuova Tavola", Ruscelli, Girolamo

Subject: Southern Africa

Period: 1574 (circa)

Publication: La Geografia di Claudio Tolomeo Alessandrino…

Color: Black & White

9.8 x 7.3 inches
24.9 x 18.5 cm

This "new" map of the southern part of Africa includes some unusual cartography. It is based on Gastaldi's map of 1548. The continent is very broad and the source of the Nile is shown in three lakes, instead of the normal two. Madagascar, Isola de S. Lorenzo, is oddly shaped and surround by smaller islands. It is engraved in the typical Italian style with stippled sea, wide rivers and anthill-like mountains. Italian text on verso.

References: Norwich #151; Tooley (MCC-30) #S9.

Condition: B+

A nice impression on watermarked paper with a stain at the southern tip of the continent and two light red pencil marks.

Estimate: $300 - $375

Sold for: $150

Closed on 11/19/2014