By: Girolamo Ruscelli
Date: 1574 (published) Venice
Dimensions: 7.25 x 10.25 inches (18.4 x 26. cm)
This highly desirable Ruscelli map in trapezoid form is from his work La Geografia di Claudio Tolomeo Alessandrino. Based on the work of Ptolemy, it depicts the Low Countries and France along with portions of England, Spain, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the mountainous northwest portion of Italy. It extends from the Atlantic to just east of the Rhine River and from Mare Germanicus to the Mediterranean.
The Pyrenees Mountains and other mountain ranges are depicted in beautiful detail, as are both major and minor river systems in the region. Cities, towns, fortresses and cathedrals are represented. The ocean and seas are stippled.
Girolamo Ruscelli (1500-1566) was an Italian cartographer, polymath, humanist, editor, and academic 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.
Condition: This map is in A condition with crisp and dark impression on clean paper.
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