Scarce third state of Ruscelli's map of Scandinavia, on of the earliest obtainable modern maps of Scandinavia.
Published in Ruscelli's La Geographi di Claudio Tolomeo, this map of Scandinavia combines Ptolemaic and modern cartographic information. Modern cities listed. Denmark is in a Ptolemaic configuration. Scotland retains its west-east slant, and Thule is larger than Ireland.
This is the third state, which can be distinguished from the earlier 2 states by the addition of the sea monster.
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.