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RUSCELLI, G. - Geografia di Claudio Tolomeo Alessandrino Tradotta di Greco nell'Idioma Volgare Italiano da Girolamo Ruscelli

RUSCELLI, G. - Geografia di Claudio Tolomeo Alessandrino Tradotta di Greco nell'Idioma Volgare Italiano da Girolamo Ruscelli
Geografia di Claudio Tolomeo Alessandrino Tradotta di Greco nell'Idioma Volgare Italiano da Girolamo Ruscelli - RUSCELLI, G.
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Title : Geografia di Claudio Tolomeo Alessandrino Tradotta di Greco nell'Idioma Volgare Italiano da Girolamo Ruscelli.
Map maker : RUSCELLI, G..
Date : Venice, 1598.
Size : 9.8 x 7.3 inches. / 25.0 x 18.5 cm.
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Description :Sixth edition of Ruscelli's translation of Ptolemy's Geografia edited and extended by Giuseppe Rosaccio published by the Hires of M. Sessa in 1598 and 1599.

Illustrated with 69 double page engraved maps and several woodcuts in the text. Whereof 27 Ptolemy maps and 42 'modern' map, including 4 world maps (one Ptolemy /Shirley 133, three modern /Shirley 110, 111, 217), 7 maps of America (Western Hemisphere, South America, Mexico with Florida, Brazil, east coast of North America, Haiti, Cuba), 28 European maps (including the North-Atlantic map with parts of Labrador), 10 maps of Africa and 20 maps of Asia.

The Valgrisi copper plates of the earlier Ruscelli editions have been revised by Rosaccio and extended by five new plates. Most of the Ptolemy and Modern maps have been extended by cute illustrations as ships, sea monsters, fishes, trees, figures and with additional place names. Rosaccio did not forget the geographical relation and reference to the text in the maps. A morbid example can be found on the Brazil map, where R. underlined the text 'Gli indi natij di questi paesi mangiano carne humana' (The Indians of these countries eat human meat) by a cannibal illustration. Another interesting addition is the southern continent on the modern world map (Shirley 110, now 2nd state). The second modern world map (Shirley 217) is almost certainly from Rosaccio himself. Shirley mentioned 'the engraving is sharp and neat, and is a skilful reduction of Rumold Mercator's map of 1587 but with parallel latitudinals'. In addition to the new world map, R. added continent maps of America (Burden 86), Asia, Africa and Europe.










Shirley T.PTOL-10f/g
Condition : Bound in 17th century vellum with remnants of ties, minor spotted and dusty. The book block with minor worming in white margin, marginal damp marking or foxing. A fine, complete and clean copy with strong impression of the engravings.
Wormholes: The notable wormholes can be seen on the title page. The larger left one in the hinge going through 4 lefts, one of the three small ones right to the title word 'Tolomeo' affection around 50 leafs and the other two around 20 leafs. Only affection the margin of text. There is another small wormhole not seen on the titlepage affection the last 100 leafs in the upper right corner, also only in margin not affection the images or text.
The Atlas in not washed, in original untouched condition, not restored or repaired. Foxing and damp staining isn't obvious, some marginal age toning, overall a excellent copy, hard to find in this quality.


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