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SEPTENTRIONALIUM PARTIUM NOVA TABULA

Code: M4509

Cartographer: RUSCELLI Girolamo

Date: 1561 Venice

Size: 18*24.5 cms

First state & edition of Ruscelli's spectacular "Zeno" map of the North Atlantic after the map in a 1558 travel book about a (false?) voyage in 1380 to these areas by Nicolo and Antonio Zeno. The map introduces many new fictitious islands in great detail like "Frisland" (with 32 places and capes named!), "Deogeo", "Estotiland", "Estland", and the monastery of "S. Tomas" in Greenland. Many of these fictions remained on maps for centuries, mainly because Gerard Mercator accepted it as authentic and adopted much of it in his famous large 1569 world map and his 1595 map of the North Pole. Ortelius in turn used the map as a prototype for his map of the North Atlantic.

Among the mythical islands shown, Frisland in particular had a long cartographic life. Many later maps continued to show it, some with exquisite detail and even locating its capitol city.

Strong and even imprint of the copperplate. Wide margins. An excellent collector's example of this important map.

Very good condition

ref Burden P: 'The Mapping of North America' 29

£495

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