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Brazil by Girolamo Ruscelli. 1598

Shows a scene with cannibals roasting a human leg on a spit.


Girolamo Ruscelli (1504 (1518?) -1566)

Girolamo Ruscelli was an Italian mathematician and cartographer active in Venice during the early 16th century. He was also an alchemist, writing pseudonymously as Alessio Piemontese.
He published a translation of the Geografia of Ptolemy, printed in Venice by Vincenzo Valgrisi in 1561. It was a quarto edition with Ptolemaic and modern maps. The engravers may have been the brothers Giulio and Livio Sanuto. Among the 69 copperplate maps were 40 based on maps by Giacomo Gastaldi. The maps were re-issued in 1562, 1564, 1574 and 1598.

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Brasil Nuova Tavola.

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Item Number:  28430  new
Category:  Antique maps > America > South America

Old, antique map of Brazil, by Ruscelli Girolamo.

Title: Brasil Nuova Tavola.

Oriented to the west.

Date of the first edition: 1561.
Date of this map: 1598.

Copper engraving, printed on paper.
Map size: 190 x 260mm (7.48 x 10.24 inches).
Sheet size: 245 x 350mm (9.65 x 13.78 inches).
Verso: Italian text.
Condition: Sharp impression, excellent.
Condition Rating: A+.

From: La Geografia di Claudio Tolomeo Alessandrino, Tradotta di Greco nell'Idioma Volgare Italiano da M. Girolamo Ruscelli, et hora nouvamente ampliata da Gioseffo Rosaccio ... In Venetia, MDXCVIII [1598]. (Shirley (Brit. Lib.), T.PTOL-10f)

Shows a scene with cannibals roasting a human leg on a spit.


Girolamo Ruscelli (1504 (1518?) -1566)

Girolamo Ruscelli was an Italian mathematician and cartographer active in Venice during the early 16th century. He was also an alchemist, writing pseudonymously as Alessio Piemontese.
He published a translation of the Geografia of Ptolemy, printed in Venice by Vincenzo Valgrisi in 1561. It was a quarto edition with Ptolemaic and modern maps. The engravers may have been the brothers Giulio and Livio Sanuto. Among the 69 copperplate maps were 40 based on maps by Giacomo Gastaldi. The maps were re-issued in 1562, 1564, 1574 and 1598.