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Auction 183, Lot 84

Ruscelli's Map of the East Coast

"Tierra Nueva", Ruscelli, Girolamo

Subject: Eastern United States & Canada

Period: 1598 (published)

Publication: Geografia di Claudio Tolomeo Alessandrino...

Color: Black & White

Size:
9.6 x 7 inches
24.4 x 17.8 cm
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This important early map devoted to the East Coast of North America is based on Giacomo Gastaldi's map of 1548, which combined data from the Verrazano and Cartier voyages. The cartography is unchanged, with the exception of the depiction of the Hudson and St. Lawrence Rivers (unnamed), which are shown connected upriver, a notion he borrowed from Ramusio. Engraved on copper by Giulio and Livio Sanuto in the unmistakable Italian style. This is the last state with several additional place names, including Virginia, Nova Francia, Estotilant, and India Nuova, and a galleon and fierce sea monster adorning the sea. Italian text on verso.

References: Burden #30; Kershaw #20; McCorkle #561.2; Mickwitz & Miekkavaara #227-62.

Condition: A

A nice impression on a clean sheet with a bit of printer's ink reside along the plate mark at bottom center.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,400

Sold for: $850

Closed on 6/9/2021

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