Attractive and detailed early map of the Iberian peninsula

This is a slightly enlarged version of Gastaldi's modern map of the Iberian peninsula. It is a copper engraving in the Italian style with stippled seas. This is the first state with the platemark running off the top margin. Italian text on verso.

Uncoloured as all Ruscelli's originally were

Very good condition

Ref: Mickwitz & Miekkavaara (Nordenskiold) Vol.2 #216-7.

code : M3729

Cartographer : RUSCELLI Girolamo

Date : 1561 Venice

Size : 19*25 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.