This "new" map of the southern part of Africa includes some unusual cartography. It is based on Gastaldi's map of 1548. The continent is very broad and the source of the Nile is shown in three lakes, instead of the normal two. Madagascar, Isola de S. Lorenzo, is oddly shaped and surround by smaller islands. It is engraved in the typical Italian style with stippled sea, wide rivers and anthill-like mountains.

From La Geografia di Claudio Tolomeo.

An important early map in very good condition.

REF Norwich #151; Tooley (MCC-30) #S9.

code : M2834

Cartographer : RUSCELLI Girolamo

Date : 1561 Venice

Size : 19*28 cms

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Girolamo Ruscelli (1500s-1566) was an Italian polymath, humanist, editor, and cartographer active in Venice during the early 16th century. Ruscelli is best known for his important revision of Ptolemy's Geographia, which was published post humously in 1574. It is generally assumed that Alexius Pedemontanus was a pseudonym of Girolamo Ruscelli. In a later work, Ruscelli reported that the Secreti contained the experimental results of an ‘Academy of Secrets’ that he and a group of humanists and noblemen founded in Naples in the 1540s. Ruscelli’s academy is the first recorded example of an experimental scientific society. The academy was later imitated by Giambattista Della Porta, who founded an ‘Accademia dei Secreti’ in Naples in the 1560s.