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Auction 175, Lot 253

A Foundation Map for the American Southwest

"Nueva Hispania Tabula Nova", Ruscelli, Girolamo

Subject: Southern United States & Mexico

Period: 1562 (published)

Publication: Geographia Cl.Ptolemaei Alexandrini...

Color: Black & White

9.7 x 7.2 inches
24.6 x 18.3 cm
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This is a foundation map in the cartography of the American Southwest, and a must for collectors of that region. It is an enlarged version of Gastaldi's map of 1548 with the only notable change being the peninsular Yucatan. The legendary seven cities of Ciuola are prominently depicted and Mexico City is shown floating in a large lake. The place names along the upper Gulf Coast reveal the explorations of Pineda, Cabeza de Vaca and Moscosso. The Mississippi makes its appearance as the Rio de Spiritu Santo and the R. Tontonteanc flows in the vicinity of the Colorado River. Considered the earliest relatively obtainable map of Mexico and the American Southwest. This is the first state of the map according to Burden with the plate mark running off the top of the page. Published by Gioseppe Moleto in Venice with Latin text on verso.

References: Burden #31; Martin & Martin, plt. 3; Wheat (TMW) #7; Mickwitz & Miekkavaara #217-60; Shirley (BL Atlases) T.PTOL-10c.

Condition: B+

On watermarked paper with light toning along the centerfold.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,400

Sold for: $800

Closed on 11/13/2019