CARTA MARINA NUOVA TAVOLA
Superb early World map ..North America and The East (China, India) joined.
Ruscelli's mariner's map is based on Gastaldi's map of 1548. The landmasses are shown with little interior detail but with a fair number of coastal place names. The North American continent is most interesting with the northwestern coastline extending to join Asia. The continent is nearly divided by a large inland sea. In the Northeast the Montagna Verde appears just below an isthmus that connects to Greenland and then onto Scandinavia. Below South America is the huge island of Tierra del Fuego. Loxodromic lines crisscross the map radiating from sixteen focal points and the sea is stipple engraved. Italian text on verso.
Uncoloured as issued
Stolen at Map Fair
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Ref: Shirley #111.
code : M3918
Cartographer : RUSCELLI Girolamo
Date : 1561/ Venice
Size : 18.5*24.5 cms
availability : Sold
Price : Sold
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.