SOUTH AMERICA TIERRA NOVA

£385

Attractive early map of South America.

Early copper engraving based on Gastaldi's map. The map depicts the South American continent, the South Atlantic and part of the coast of Guinea. It includes numerous inaccuracies with the Amazon River, here called R Maragnon, shown with its source in the south. There are place names along the coastlines, except in present-day Chili, which had yet to be explored by Europeans.

The great Inca cities are shown in Peru. Italian text on verso.

Very good hand colour

Excellent condition.

code : M4948

Cartographer : RUSCELLI Girolamo

Date : 1574

Size : 19*25.5 cms sheet 24*34 cms

availability : Available

Price : £385

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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.