By: Girolamo Ruscelli
Date: 1574 (published) Venice
Dimensions: 7.25 x 10.25 inches (18.42 x 26.04 cm) plate size
This Ruscelli map is from his work La Geografia di Claudio Tolomeo Alessandrino. It is based on the work of Ptolemy and depicts a detailed Nile delta, along with the northern reaches of Egypt, the Arabian Peninsula and on up the coast a short distance at the eastern end of the Mediterranean. The many waterways which diverge from the Nile are shown in great detail. Mountain ranges, deserts, the northern end of the Red Sea and southeastern Mediterranean Sea are denoted. Pyramids are shown in a number of places. The cities of Alexandria and Cairo are also shown within the map.
Girolamo Ruscelli (1500-1566) was an Italian academic, polymath, humanist, scholar, editor, and cartographer active in Venice during the early 16th century. Ruscelli is best known for his important revision of Ptolemy's Geographia, published posthumously in 1574.
Condition: This map is in A condition. Heavily inked plated with some small spots of residue. Sharp clear impression. Italian text on the verso.
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