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Auction 171, Lot 375

"Tierra Nova", Ruscelli, Girolamo

Subject: South America

Period: 1574 (published)

Publication: La Geographia di Claudio Tolomeo Alessandrino…

Color: Hand Color

9.6 x 7 inches
24.4 x 17.8 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. Italian text on verso.

References: Mickwitz & Miekkavaara #220-61; Shirley (BL Atlases) T.PTOL-10e.

Condition: B+

A nice impression with minor soiling and light toning that is a bit more pronounced along the centerfold. Small remnants of hinge tape on verso.

Estimate: $475 - $600

Sold for: $250

Closed on 2/6/2019