INDIA CALECUT NUOVA TAVOLA

£225

Rare map.

Southern India with the Bay of Bengal, the island of Ceylon and the Maldives. Published in Ruscelli's 'La Geographi di Claudio Tolomeo', first issued 1561.This example is from the second state state, with platemark at the top:

On the verso, Latin text describes local kingdoms, spices such as ginger and pepper, and aspects of society, including Brahmins and Christians.

Wonderful early style of engraving

Mint condition.

code : M3697

Cartographer : RUSCELLI Girolamo

Date : 1574 Venice

Size : 19*27 cms

availability : Available

Price : £225

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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.