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Place of creation
Appresso Giordano Ziletti
Scope and content
Ruscelli's mariner's map is based on Gastaldi's map of 1548 only slightly larger in size.This sea chart of the world depicts the entirety of the continental northern landmasses as an unbroken ring around the globe. North America and Asia form a single mammoth continent, which in turn connects to northern Europe via Greenland The landmasses are shown with little interior detail but with a fair number of coastal place names. The North American continent is most interesting with the western coastline extending to join Asia. The continent is nearly divided by a large inland sea. In the Northeast the Montagna Verde appears just below an isthmus that connects to Greenland and then onto the Scandinavia. Below South America is a huge island of Tierra del Fuego.This edition has the omissions of the names Tierra Del Laborador and Tierra Del Bacalaos from the mass of land joining North America to North Europe. Loxodromic lines crisscross the map radiating from sixteen focal points and the sea is stipple engraved.
Conditions of access
Original can be viewed in the presence o
f an early cartographic archivist. Microfiche version is open
Credit: Library and Archives Canada
Creator / Provenance
Includes rhumb lines which criss-cross the entire surface of the map.
Text on verso: "Carta Marina O'Da navigare". with signature Oo, foliation #37
From: 1574 edition of Girolamo Ruscelli' "La Geografia di Claudio Tolomeo Alessandrino". Rucelli's Italian translation of Ptolemy's "Geographia" revised by Giovanni Malombra.
Citation / reference note
Phillips, P.L.: A List of geographical atlases in the Library of Congress. Washington, 1909. Vol. I. p. 127, p. 128 and p. 129-30.
Phillips, Entry 380
Availability of other formats note
1. World - Maps - Early works to 1600 .
2. Nautical charts - World - Early works to 1600.
Other system control no.
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