Attractive and uncommon map is from the modern section of the Geografia.

Evidently early edition as it is a very strong impression.

It is one of the first modern maps of the British Isles. It is adapted from George Lily's map of 1546 with distinct topographical features and fewer place names due to its reduced size. The seas are stipple engraved in the Italian style.This is the first edition, later a ship and sea monster were added .

Italian text on verso.

Excellent hand colour

Very good condition.

Ref: Shirley (MCC-94) #68.

"This elegant copperplate map is apparantly based on the 1546 Lily map but because of the considerably reduced size much detail has been omitted. No scale is given, but latitude and longitude are shown." (Moreland & Bannister).

code : M5325

Cartographer : RUSCELLI Girolamo

Date : 1561/ 1574 Venice

Size : 19*25.5 cms sheet 21.5*29 cms

availability : Available

Price : £345

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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.