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Scarce third state of one of the earliest separately published maps of Hispaniola, which first appeared in the 1561 edition of Ruscelli's edition of Ptolemy's Geografia.

Unlike the earlier editions, the third state includes a sailing ship and sea monster, and has been re-engraved, making for a fine dark image.

Ruscelli's atlas was essentially and enlarged edition of the very rare Gastaldi edition of 1548.

Condition Description
Engraving on 16th-century laid paper. Small professional repairs at the centerfold.
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.