Girolamo Ruscelli

Girolamo Ruscelli

Girolamo Ruscelli (1500-1566) was a cartographer, humanist, and scholar from Tuscany. Ruscelli was a prominent writer and editor in his time, writing about a wide variety of topics including the works of Giovanni Boccaccio and Francesco Petrarch, Italian language, Italian poetry, medicine, alchemy, and militia. One of his most notable works was a translation of Ptolemy’s Geographia which was published posthumously.

There is limited information available about Ruscelli’s life. He was born in the Tuscan city of Viterbo to a family of modest means. He was educated at the University of Padua and moved between Rome and Naples until 1548, when he moved to Naples to work in a publishing house as a writer and proofreader. He remained in the city until his death in 1566.


1584 - [Celestial & Terrestrial Globes] Francesco Secondo Re Di Francia

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Scarce decorative engraved sheet, presenting a pair of celestial and terrestrial globes, from Le imprese illvstri del s.or Ieronimo Rvscelli. Aggivntovi nvovam.te il qvarto libro da Vincenzo Rvscelli da Viterbo.. (1584)


1598 - La Geografia di Claudio Tolomeo Alessandrino, Tradotta di Greco nell'Idioma Volgare Italiano da Girolamo Russcelli

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1598 Edition of Ptolemy's Geography An excellent example of Rosaccio's improvement on Ruscelli's Ptolemy, adding contemporaneous knowledge and interpretations and extensively reworking the copperplate-engraved maps with decorative sea monsters and...


1561 - [East Coast & Canada ] Tierra Nueva

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One of the Earliest Printed Maps of the Northeastern Part of America Final state of Ruscelli's map of the East Coast of North America, extending from the Mid-Atlantic to the Canadian Coastline. The map shows the discoveries of Cartier and Verrazzano....


1561 - Nueva Hispania Tabula Nova (Third state with many new place names)

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Second Earliest Obtainable Map of Florida, Texas, the Gulf Coast and the American Southwest—Rare Third State! Rare and influential regional map of the American South and Mexico, featured in Ruscelli’s edition of Ptolemy’s Geographia. This is an...


1598 - Tavola Nuova Di Prussia Et Di Livonia

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Nice example of the scarce third state Ruscelli's map of Poland, Lithuania and the Baltic Region. The map is bounded by the Vistula River and Prussia in the west, Livonia in the east, and Lithuania in the southeast. Centered on Riga and Vilna....


1598 - Polonia Et Hungaria Nuova Tavola

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Striking dark impression of Ruscelli's map of Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and parts of the region bounded by the Black Sea in the east and the Danube in the south. Ruscelli's Atlas is an expanded edition of Gastaldi's Atlas of 1548,...


1574 - Territorio Di Roma

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Scarce modern map of the region around Rome, published by Giralomo Ruscelli in 1574. While Ruscelli's atlas was first published in 1561, this is one of the few maps that did not appear in the first edition of the atlas, making it much scarcer on the...


1598 - Natolia Nuova Tavola [includes part of Cyprus]

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Interesting map of part of Asia Minor and Cyprus, extending from Constantinople to Armenia. Includes most of Cyprus. The map first appeared in the 1561 edition of Ruscelli's edition of Ptolemy's Geografia. Ruscelli's Atlas is an expanded edition of...


1561 - (India) . Calecut Nuova Tavola

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Fine dark impression of the first edition of Ruscelli's modern map of India, one of the earliest obtainable modern maps of the region. Ruscelli's Atlas is an expanded edition of Gastaldi's Atlas of 1548, which has been called the most comprehensive...


1574 - India Tercera Nuova Tavola

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Girolamo Ruscelli's India Tercera Nuova Tavola is one of the earliest obtainable modern maps of Southeast Asia. The map is an enlarged version of Giacomo Gastaldi's miniature map of 1548, which was one of the earliest to introduce the Portuguese...


1561 - Arabia Felice Nuova Tavola

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Nice example of the first state of Ruscelli's modern map of Saudi Arabia, the Persian Gulf and Red Sea, from Ruscelli's Geografia. Ruscelli's map is one of the earliest obtainable modern maps of the region. The map is an enlarged edition of Giacomo...


1574 - [Arabian Peninsula] Tabula Asiae VI

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Fine dark impression of Ruscelli's map of the Saudi Peninsula and surrounding waters. The map is based upon the work of Claudius Ptolemy. Ptolemy was an Alexandrian mathematician, astronomer, geographer and astrologer. He lived in the city of...


1561 - Tabula Africae III

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Striking dark impression of Ruscelli's map of a part of North Africa and the Mediterranean, showing the north coast of Africa including Egypt and the Nile River. Ruscelli's Atlas is an expanded edition of Gastaldi's Geographiae of 1548, which has been...


1561 - Marmarica Nuova Tavola

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Fine early map of part of North Africa, centered on the Nubia Desert and showing Egypt, the Nile, etc. From Ruscell's edition of Ptolemy, Ptolemeo. La Geografia…, first published in Venice in 1561. The region of North Africa shown, was loosely...


1561 - Tabula Africae IIII

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Final edition of Ruscelli's map of the Northern part of Africa, bounded by the Mediterranean, Aethiopia Interior, the Canarie Islands, Asia Minor, Judia, the Red Sea, the Persian Gulf, Arabia Felix and the Nile, to its source. The map first appeared...