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RAMUSIO, Giovanni Battista and Giacomo GASTALDI
La Nuova Francia
[Venice,: stamperia dei Giunta,, 1556. 1556]. Double-page woodcut map. The rare first state of Ramusio’s map of New England and New France, produced by Giacomo Gastaldi for the third volume of Ramusio’s highly important work, ‘Delle Naviagtioni et Viaggi.’ It is the earliest printed map devoted to the region, and is also the first map to use the term ‘New France.’ Gastaldi's map is largely based on the voyages of Cartier and Verrazzano. The Hudson River, the St. Lawrence River, and the islands near the Gulf of St. Lawrence are the most prominent features, along with a curious snake-like projection in the Atlantic Ocean that has been the subject of much speculation. It is probably an attempt to depict the Grand Banks, but it has also been suggested that it is the Gulf Stream. The depiction of the area between New York Harbour and Narragansett Bay is based on the voyage of Verrazzano in 1524. The area around New York Harbour, shown here as a peninsula, is named Angoulesme. The large bay to the east of New York Harbour is probably Jamaica Bay, which was more open to the ocean at that time. Long Island, which Verrazzano thought was a peninsula, is labelled Flora. The Hudson River is shown joining the St Lawrence - an assumption that Verrezzano and Cartier’s rivers were connected. Ramusio’s ‘Delle Navigationi et Viaggi’ was first published in three volumes between 1550 and 1559, and followed by various subsequent editions, all of which had additions made to them. "This is one of the earliest and most important collections of voyages and travels and may b … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Daniel Crouch Rare Books [United Kingdom]
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