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Carta marina nova tavola. [cartographic material]. 



Place of creation



Appresso Giordano Ziletti

1 map : hand col. ; 19 x 26 cm on sheet 223 x 33 cm.

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.

Cartographic material
90: Open
Original can be viewed in the presence o
f an early cartographic archivist. Microfiche version is open
Cartographic material
Microfiche NMC27666
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Item no. (creator)
Alexander E. MacDonald Canadiana Collection #19
Cartographic material
90: Open
90: Open
Archival reference no.
Other accession no.
80101/245 CA
Local class no.
A/10000/[1574] See/Voir: AMICUS No 26306184 (G1005/1574/fol./Vault)

Terms of use

Copyright expired.
Credit: Library and Archives Canada

Additional name(s)

Additional information

In: Ptolemy: Geographia, Venice 1574. The map shows no details in Canada but the entire surface of the map is criss-crossed by navigational lines. The folded map carries a short explanatory note on the recto of its first page and foliation no. 37 with Oo signature. The verso of the second page is blank. This map essentially is an enlargement, with some additional information, of that of Iacopo Gastaldo, published in the 1548 Venice edition of Ptolemy. The 1574 edition was revised by Gio Malombra. The map was published also in the 1561, 1562 and 1564 editions of Ptolemy: all in Venice. (Ph., 371, 372, and 373).

Pictorial relief.

Copperplate engraving.

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.

Custodial history
Part of the Alexander E. MacDonald Canadiana Collection purchased by the Public Archives of Canada in 1981

Related materials
For other copy see G1005/1574/fol. Vault (map no 37.) (AMICUS No. 26306184)

Citation / reference note
Shirley, Entry 111
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
Sabin-Eames 66505

Availability of other formats note
The microfiche version is NMC27666 (H3)(& text)

Subject heading

1. World - Maps - Early works to 1600 .
2. Nautical charts - World - Early works to 1600.


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