"Tierra Nova", Ruscelli, Girolamo
Subject: South America
Period: 1574 (published)
Publication: La Geografia di Claudio Tolomeo Alessandrino…
Color: Black & White
9.8 x 7.1 inches
24.9 x 18 cm
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. Italian text on verso.
References: Mickwitz & Miekkavaara #220-61.
On watermarked paper with light printer's ink residue. There are remnants of hinge tape on verso.