Fine dark impression of the second edition of Giovanni's Botero's scarce map of Asia, which appeared in the 1598 edition of Ruscelli's Geographiae.
The map follows the work of Giovanni Lorenzo d'Anania, who published a very similar map in Venice in 1582. The map is derived from Ortelius' map of Asia and retains many of the characteristics,. The treatment of the land mass south of Nova Guinea is noteworthy, as is the shap of Japan, the primitive treatment of the Philippines and the fascinatiing cartographic treatment of the Straits of Malacca. Korea is also completely missing from the map.
Wide margins and a fine dark impression.
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.