C1561

India Tercera Nuova Tavola.

First edition of Girolamo Ruscelli’s c.16th map, India Tercera Nuova Tavola, is one of the earliest modern maps of Southeast Asia. It is based on Jacopo Gastaldi’s 1548 map which first appeared in Mattioli’s 1548 translation of Ptolemy’s Geographia, La Geographi … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

India Tercera Nuova Tavola.

Date:

C1561

Condition:

In good condition, with centre fold as issued.

Technique:

Copper engraving uncoloured as issued.

Image Size: 

242mm 
x 182mm

Paper Size: 

291mm 
x 220mm

Platemark Size: 

260mm 
x 190mm
AUTHENTICITY
India Tercera Nuova Tavola. - Antique Map from 1561

Genuine antique
dated:

1561

Description:

First edition of Girolamo Ruscelli’s c.16th map, India Tercera Nuova Tavola, is one of the earliest modern maps of Southeast Asia.

It is based on Jacopo Gastaldi’s 1548 map which first appeared in Mattioli’s 1548 translation of Ptolemy’s Geographia, La Geographi di Claudio Tolomeo for which Ruscelli later enlarged the maps and added more recent discoveries. The map extends from the Bay of Bengal in the west to the fabled Spiced Islands in the east and from southern China in the north to the island of Java. It is significant for revealing the secret Portuguese sources of the most important spices of the period; nutmeg and cloves.

From, Ruscelli, G., La Geografia di Claudio Tolomeo Alessandrino, gia Tradotta di Greco in Italiano da M. Giero Ruscelli, Printed Venice by Vincenzo Valgrisi.

 

References:
Stevens, H. Ptolemy's Geography. London 1973: : p.50 [1561].
Sweet, M. Mapping the Continent of Asia. Singapore 1994.: : 4. p.10.
Suarez, T. Early Mapping of Southeast Asia. Singapore 1999: : p.130.


Collections:
David Rumsey Collection: 11311.119
National Library Board Singapore: Identifier: OCoLC)7476334
State Library New South Wales: CALL NUMBERS MRB/910/P (16th Century) (Book 1574 edition )
State Library Victoria: RARES 912 P95G (Book 1574 edition)

Girolamo Ruscelli (1504 - 1566)

Girolamo Ruscelli was a prominent c.16th Italian polymath, mathematician, cartographer, and alchemist. Born in Viterbo and lived in various cities during his life including; Aquilea, Padua, Rome, Naples, and finally settled in Venice until his death.He wrote on a wide range of subjects and often worked on behalf of third parties, including a partnership with publisher Plinio Pietrasanta until 1555 when he was tried by the Inquisition for the unlicensed publication of a satirical poem. Most of his later works were published by Vincenzo Valgrisi. He wrote an immensely popular book on alchemy under the pseudonym Alessio Piemontese, published in 1555. The book, De Secreti Del Alessio Piemontese, included recipes for alchemical compounds, cosmetics, dyes, and medicines and was translated into numerous languages. Ruscelli's translations of various classics, including the Decameron and Orlando Furioso, were also popular. His translation of  Ptolemy's, Geografia included 69 maps, 40 of which were contemporary and based on maps compiled by Giacomo Gastaldi in 1548. Ruscelli also compiled a Rimario (rhyming dictionary) that remained in use until the 19th century.

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