1561 Ruscelli - Tierra nueva

Rare first state of one of the earliest maps of the eastern seaboard

Title:

Tierra nueva

Map maker:

Girolamo Ruscelli (Giocomo Gastaldi)

Place and Year:

Venice, 1561

Dimensions:

19 x 24.5 cm (7 x 9.6 in)

Technique:

Copperplate engraving

Coloring:

Uncolored

Condition Rating:

VG+

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DETAILS

Map of the east coast of the United States and Canada (long before these countries existed). It depicts the East Coast from Labrador to 'La Florida', with 'La Bremuda.' It shows the discoveries of Jacques Cartier's first voyage to Canada and Verrazzano's voyages around Cape Fear.

This map was engraved by Sanuto after Gastaldi’s 1548 map for the 1561 Ruscelli's edition of La Geographia di Claudio Tolomeo. The Gastaldi prototype was the first printed map to report in any detail the results of Verrazzano’s seminal 1524 voyage, which shaped the modern conception of North America by demonstrating a contiguous coast from Florida to Nova Scotia. It was also the first to attempt to reconcile Verrazzano’s findings with those of Cartier’s voyages to the Maritimes and Gulf of St. Lawrence in the 1530s. As such, it was the first attempt at a regional map of the East Coast.

This example is from the first state (of three), with the platemark running off the top of the sheet, and the crack in the printing plate near Bermuda not very advanced.

CONDITION NOTES

Nice example in very good condition with some discoloration at the centerfold; clearly an early copy based on the dark and strong impression.

IDENTIFIER

NL-00099

REFERENCES

Burden, 30; Manasek figures 4.15 to 4.18, showing differing states; Kershaw pp 22-23.

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