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Auction 183, Lot 10

"Orbis Descriptio", Ruscelli, Girolamo

Subject: World

Period: 1598 (published)

Publication: Geografia di Claudio Tolomeo Alessandrino...

Color: Black & White

10 x 6.3 inches
25.4 x 16 cm
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This important map is the first double-hemisphere world map to appear in atlas form. It is elegantly engraved in the characteristic Italian style, adapted from the oval projection used by Gastaldi, and presented on what is known as Roger Bacon's circular projection. This projection was popularized by Ruscelli and later by Rumold Mercator. Another important feature of the map is the apocryphal bulge in South America; one of the most copied cartographic errors of the 16th century. Terra Incognita is distinctly shown as a land bridge linking Asia and North America with its coastline labeled Littus incognitum. This is the second state with the addition of a huge Antarctic continent and a large New Guinea. Published by Guiseppe Rosaccio with Italian text on verso.

References: Shirley #110; Manasek #20; Mickwitz & Miekkavaara #227-29.

Condition: A+

A crisp impression on a clean sheet. Fine.

Estimate: $900 - $1,100

Sold for: $650

Closed on 6/9/2021