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Auction 174, Lot 320

"Tierra Nova", Ruscelli, Girolamo

Subject: South America

Period: 1564 (published)

Publication: Geographia Claudio Ptolemaei…

Color: Black & White

9.7 x 7 inches
24.6 x 17.8 cm
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This early copper engraving, based on Gastaldi, 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 #218-61.

Condition: B

On watermarked paper with several worm tracks and minor toning all along the centerfold. There are remnants of hinge tape in the top blank margin.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $220

Closed on 9/11/2019