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La Geografia di Tolomeo nuovamente tradotta di Greco in Italiano, da Ruscelli, con espositioni del medesimo o modo di far la descrittione di tutto il mondo Aggiuntovi un pieno discorso di M. Gioseppe Meleto
Venice: appresso Vincenzo Valgrisi, 1561. 3 parts in one volume, quarto. (9 x 6 1/8 inches). Letterpress general title and two section titles, 1p. errata at back. 64 double-page engraved maps (28 according to Ptolemaic geography including 1 world map, 36 'modern' maps including 2 world maps and 7 others relating to the Americas), 12 woodcut illustrations or diagrams, woodcut printer's device on titles, and verso of the third world map "Carta Marina nuova tavola" (minor staining at lower corners in the first part of the Geografia section, minor worming at inner margins touching the first few maps of the final part of the Geografia). Contemporary vellum over pasteboard. Housed in a modern black morocco-backed box, spine gilt Provenance: "R.D.M." (early ink stamps to title) Important first edition of Ruscelli's Italian translation of Ptolemy's Geographia, with the original maps superbly re-engraved and enlarged and with new maps added: a pleasing, unsophisticated copy in contemporary vellum. This "new and important edition" (Sabin) of Ptolemy also includes the first publication of Ruscelli's own Espositioni et Introduttioni Universali… sopra tutta la Geografia di Tolomeo. Con XXXVI. nuove tavole… cosi del mondo conosciuto dagli antichi, come del nuovo. Con la carta da navicare, & con piu alter, as well as a short work by Giuseppe Moleto Discorso Universale … nel quale son raccolti, & dichiarati tutti i termini, & tutte le regole appartenenti alla Geografia. The maps are slightly enlarged versions of those of Jacopo Gastaldo (which had previously appeared in Mattioli's 1548 translation of Ptolemy) with several notable additions. Amongst the most important of these is the second appearance (and first widely circulated) of the famed Zeno map. It shows Greenland connected to Norway in the north, and two land masses which are believed to correspond to Labrador and Newfoundland. The map was first published in Venice in 1558 by Nicolo Zeno, a descendant of a person by the same name, Nicolo Zeno, of the Zeno brothers. The younger Zeno published the map, along with a series of letters, with the claim that he had discovered them in a storeroom in his family's house in Venice. According to his claim, the map and letters were made around the year 1400 and purport to describe a voyage by the Zeno brothers made in the 1390s under the direction of a prince named Zichmni. The voyage supposedly traversed the North Atlantic and, according to some interpretations, reached North America. Among the other maps are ten of American interest, including a general map of South America; a detailed map of Brazil; another of Mexico, Baja California, the Gulf Coast and Florida; a map of New England; one of Cuba; and one of Hispaniola. The map of Mexico and the Gulf Coast is of considerable importance. Its appearance in the first Gastaldi edition marked the first map devoted to New Spain to appear in an atlas. That issue, though an improvement over previous depictions, included errors such as showing the Yucatan peninsula as an island. The present Ruscelli edition, however included several important corrections and improvements, including the correct mapping of the Yucatan. "The place names along the upper Gulf Coast revealed the explorations of Pineda, Cabeza de Vaca, and Moscosso, and the Mississippi, here shown as the Rio de Spiritu Santo was carefully depicted" (Martin & Martin). European Americana 561/42; JCB (3)I:214; Phillips Atlases 371; Sabin 66503; Stevens Ptolemy 50; Adams P-2235; Shirley, Mapping of the World 110,111; Martin & Martin, Maps of Texas and the Southwest , p. 69, plate 3.
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