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Arabia Felice Nuova Tavola
Girolamo Ruscelli, Venice 1561 - This wonderful early map of Arabia by Girolamo Ruscelli dates to 1561. Based largely on the earlier Ptolemaic maps by Giocomo Gastaldi from 1548, the map extends from the Arabian Desert south as far as the Horn of Africa and includes modern day Saudi Arabia, the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea. Early settlements, rivers, mountains, lakes, and various topographic features are noted.This is the first state of this map. A later state, issued in 1574, included a sea monster in the Indian Ocean. This map appeared in Girolamo Ruscelli's 1599 edition of "La Geografia di Claudio Tolomeo". In good condition with some offsetting and minor foxing. Original centerfold shows minor wear and toning. The word 'Tavola' is slightly faded. Original plate mark is visible, although curiously runs of the top of the sheet, suggesting that this map is one of two maps engraved on the plate, and separated for the book.Claudius Ptolemy (90-168 CE) was a Roman geographer and mathematician living in Egypt, who compiled his knowledge and theories about the world's geography into one seminal work. Although his maps did not survive, his mathematical projections and location coordinates did. During the Renaissance revival of Greek and Roman works, "Geographia" was rediscovered by monks and based upon Ptolemy's detailed instructions, the maps were recreated. The first printed edition of "Geographia" with maps was published in Bologna in 1477. Girolamo Ruscelli (c. 1504-1566) was a Venetian editor, cartographer and physician known best for his revised publication of Ptolemy's "Geographia". Published posthumously, Ruscelli added about 37 new maps to his edition, largely based on the work of Gastaldi's 1548 expansion. Ruscelli is also believed to be associated with Alessio Piemontese, who many believe was in fact a pseudonym for Ruscelli. Piemontese wrote the popular book 'The Secrets of Alexis of Piedmont'. Alessio became known as the 'professor of secrets' who had dedicated his life to the hunt natural and technological secrets. Ruscelli, as Alessio, founded the 'Academy of Secrets' along with other humanists and noblemen, which became the first known experimental scientific society and led to other such groups, including Giambattista Della Porta's 'Accademia die Secreti'. Map. Uncolored copper plate engraving. Page measures 8.5" x 11.75".
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