Auction 97, Lot 93

"Tierra Nueva", Ruscelli, Girolamo

Subject: North America

Period: 1574 (circa)

Publication: La Geografia

Color: Black & White

9.6 x 7.1 inches
24.4 x 18 cm

Second state of Ruscelli's map based on Giacomo Gastaldi's map of 1548, which combined data from the Verrazano and Cartier voyages to create the first printed map devoted to the East Coast of North America. The nomenclature and cartography are 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. This is one of the first obtainable maps of the region and one of the first to name Bermuda. Engraved on copper by Giulio and Livio Sanuto in the unmistakable Italian style.

References: Burden #30

Condition: A

Professionally filled worm tracks along centerfold with a tiny bit of expert facsimile. Overall crisp impression.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,300

Sold for: $1,200

Closed on 12/5/2001