Ruscelli's Map of the East Coast
"Tierra Nueva", Ruscelli, Girolamo
Subject: Eastern United States & Canada
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 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. Bermuda is named off the Florida coast as La Bremuda. Engraved on copper by Giulio and Livio Sanuto in the unmistakable Italian style. This is the second state, with Italian text on verso.
References: Burden #30; Kershaw #18b; McCorkle #561.2; Mickwitz & Miekkavaara #220-59.
A dark impression on a bright sheet with light printer's ink residue, a hint of toning along the centerfold, and a few small worm holes in the top corners of the sheet, well away from the image.