Ruscelli's rare modern map of the British Isles. Unlike most maps in his Geographia, it is not based on the 1548 Gastaldi map.

The British Isles map from the modern section of the Geographia is based closely on the 1546 Lily map but omits many place names

in this reduced size version. The border contains graduations of latitude and longitude: there is no scale."

Much detail mainly cathedral towns named. Stippled sea.

Sought after map

Centre fold

Very good condition

"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 : M4510

Cartographer : RUSCELLI Girolamo

Date : 1561 Venice

Size : 19*26 cms

availability : Sold

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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.