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Rare map of Hungary, Transylvania and environs, which appeared only in the late editions of Ruscelli's Geografia di Claudio Tolomeo Alessandrino.

his rare map, designed by Bernardino Valle, was initially included in Giacomo Franco's 1597 Descrittione Geografica Delle Isole, Città, & Fortezze principali, che si trovano in mare nel viaggio da Venetia a Costantinopoli.' It was later featured in the 'Geografia di Claudio Tolomeo, edited by Moleto and published by Rosaccio.

The map includes a descriptive text in Italian on the reverse side. Giacomo Franco, a prolific engraver, copperplate printer, and publisher, is particularly noted for his works on Venetian customs. As an engraver, he commonly signed as 'Jacobus Francus, Giacomo Franco, Franco fecit,' and as a publisher, 'Franco Forma.

Girolamo Ruscelli Biography

Girolamo Ruscelli (1500-1566) was a cartographer, humanist, and scholar from Tuscany. Ruscelli was a prominent writer and editor in his time, writing about a wide variety of topics including the works of Giovanni Boccaccio and Francesco Petrarch, Italian language, Italian poetry, medicine, alchemy, and militia. One of his most notable works was a translation of Ptolemy’s Geographia which was published posthumously.

There is limited information available about Ruscelli’s life. He was born in the Tuscan city of Viterbo to a family of modest means. He was educated at the University of Padua and moved between Rome and Naples until 1548, when he moved to Naples to work in a publishing house as a writer and proofreader. He remained in the city until his death in 1566.