First State of Ruscelli's Map of the East Coast
"Tierra Nueva", Ruscelli, Girolamo
Subject: Eastern United States & Canada
Period: 1562 (circa)
Publication: La Geografia di Claudio Tolomeo Allessadrino…
Color: Black & White
9.6 x 7.1 inches
24.4 x 18 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. Engraved on copper by Giulio and Livio Sanuto in the unmistakable Italian style. This is the first state, with Latin text on verso, published in 1562 and 1564.
References: Burden #30; Kershaw #18a; McCorkle #561.2.
Light toning along the centerfold and faint damp stains in bottom corners of map.