Giovanni Battista Ramusio

Giovanni Battista Ramusio

Giovanni Battista Ramusio (1485-1557) was an Italian geographer who worked within the Venetian Empire. His father had been a magistrate and he himself served as a civil servant to Venice. He served throughout Europe, allowing him to build up a network of informants and a collection of travel materials. He compiled this information into his enduring masterpiece, Navigationi et Viaggi, in 1550 (first volume) and 1556 (third volume). The second volume appeared after his death in 1559, as the original manuscript had been destroyed by a fire.


1554 - [Untitled Map Africa, Red Sea and Saudi Peninsula]

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Upside Down Africa by Ramusio Nice example of Ramusio's (Mezzo Di) map of Africa (extending south to the Tropic of Capricorn and Madagascar). Giovanni Baptista Ramusio was Secretary to the Council of Ten in Venice for 43 years. His collection of...


1556 - La Nuova Francia

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The First Printed Map of New England and New France A nice example of the first printed map devoted to New England and New France, showing the eastern seaboard from New York Bay to the Gulf of St. Lawrence. This map appeared in Ramusio's highly...


1556 - Brasil

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First state of Ramusio's map of Brazil is the earliest obtainable separately issued regional map of Brazil, from Gastaldi's Delle Navigazione e Viaggi, published in Venice in 1556. The map represents an extremely early and inaccurate depiction Brazil....


1556 - Il Cuscho Citta Principale Della Provincia Del Peru

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Fine example of this influential and decorative birdseye view of Cusco, from Ramusio's Raccolta di Navigationi et Viaggi., one of the most influential geographical works of the 16th Century. The view would later be copied by Munster and other 16th...


1556 - Sumatra / Taprobana

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Fine Map of Sumatra, the First to be Based on Actual Observations Nice example of Giovanni Battista Ramusio's important early map of Sumatra, from his famed Navigationi et Viaggi. This is the first map focused solely on an Indonesian island to be...


1556 - Parte Del 'Africa

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Striking Gastaldi Map of West Africa, Included in a Significant Travel Collection Finely-wrought early map of West Africa, compiled by Giacomo Gastaldi for Giovanni Battista Ramusio's Navigationi et Viaggi. This is an example of the first state,...