Auction 98, Lot 242

"Tierra Nova", Ruscelli, Girolamo

Subject: South America

Period: 1564 (published)

Publication: La Geografia di Claudio Tolomeo

Color: Black & White

Size:
9.7 x 7.1 inches
24.6 x 18 cm

Fine early copper engraving based on Gastaldi's map. The map depicts the South American continent, 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.

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Condition: A

Estimate: $700 - $750

Sold for: $650

Closed on 3/6/2002

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