By: Girolamo Ruscelli
Date: 1574 (published) Venice
Dimensions: 7.25 x 10.25 inches (18.42 x 26 cm)
This interesting Ruscelli map is from his work La Geografia di Claudio Tolomeo Alessandrino. Based on the work of Ptolemy, it depicts an area including the Persian Empire, the eastern edge of the Black Sea and the Caucasus Mountains, a portion of the northern Arabian Peninsula, the territory between the Caspian Sea and the Persian Gulf and some territory to the north of the Caspian. Numerous mountain ranges and river systems are denoted.
Girolamo Ruscelli (1500-1566) was an Italian cartographer, polymath, humanist and editor, active in Venice during the early 16th century. Ruscelli is best known for his important revision of Ptolemy's Geographia, published posthumously in 1574.
Claudius Ptolemy (85-165 CE), a Roman citizen of Greek descent from Alexandria, was the most influential of Greek astronomers and geographers of his time. He propounded the geocentric theory of the solar system which was to prevail for the next 1400 years.
Giacomo Gastaldi (c.1500-1566) was an Italian astronomer, cartographer and engineer from Villafranca in Piedmont. Many of Ruscelli’s maps are essentially enlarged versions of some of Gastaldi’s maps.
Condition: This map is in A- condition. Slight fading of some place names and lettering in the image. Italian text on the verso.
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