Finely printed example of this influential and decorative birdseye view of Cusco, from Ramusio's Raccolta di Navigationi et Viaggi., one of the most influential geographical works of the 16th Century.
The view would later be copied by Munster and other 16th-century mapmakers.
Giovanni Battista Ramusio (1485-1557) was an Italian geographer who worked within the Venetian Empire. His father had been a magistrate and he himself served as a civil servant to Venice. He served throughout Europe, allowing him to build up a network of informants and a collection of travel materials. He compiled this information into his enduring masterpiece, Navigationi et Viaggi, in 1550 (first volume) and 1556 (third volume). The second volume appeared after his death in 1559, as the original manuscript had been destroyed by a fire.