By: Girolamo Ruscelli
Date: 1574 (published) Venice
Dimensions: 7.4 x 10.4 inches (18.8 x 26 cm)
This fascinating Ruscelli map from his work La Geografia di Claudio Tolomeo Alessandrino, is based on the work of Ptolemy and covers from the Baltic Sea and a portion of Scandinavia, to central Germany to the lowlands, including a distorted depiction of the Netherlands and Denmark.
Many islands offshore from Holland and in the Baltic are shown. A small portion of Russia is included in the southwest corner of the map, with Austria, an archduchy at the time the map was drawn, also denoted. Hungary, which was part of the Hapsburg territories at the time is included, as is a portion of Switzerland including Geneva. Regions of countries are denoted and named such as the Brabant, Cleves, Flanders, Westphalia, Frisia, Pomerania, Alsace and Bohemia to name a few.
The map is highly detailed, depicting all major river systems, lakes, mountain ranges including some large peaks in the lower left, and forested areas. All cities are denoted, along with some fortresses and strongholds. In places major churches or cathedrals are marked. The seas are stippled.
Condition: This map is in A condition. Heavily inked plated with some minimal residue and an area of offsetting, otherwise sharp impression. Italian text on the verso.
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