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Auction 183, Lot 267

"Tierra Nova", Ruscelli, Girolamo

Subject: South America

Period: 1562 (published)

Publication: Geographia Claudio Ptolemaei Alexandrini…

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 #217-61.

Condition: A

A dark impression on paper with a "T [clover] C" watermark, minor toning, and small chips in the bottom corners of the sheet.

Estimate: $350 - $425

Sold for: $250

Closed on 6/9/2021