RAMUSIO’S HEMISPHERIC MAP OF THE AMERICAS
Universale della Nuovamente Parte del Mondo Ritrovata. From Giovanni Battista Ramusio’s delle Navigationi et Viaggi, Vol. 3, Venice
Black and white copper-engraving, 10 ½” in diameter. Fine condition.
This hemispheric map of the Americas is important for its depiction of western North America. It was the first printed map to include place names from the expedition of Francisco Vásquez de Coronado, 1540-42, who was the first European to travel extensively through what is now the southwestern part of the United States. The Sierra Nevadas appear for the first time, as well as the legendary cities of Quivera and Cibola.
The map was included in Volume 3 of Ramusio’s delle Navigationi et Viaggi, one of the most important early collections of landmark voyages and travels. This volume dealt entirely with the New World, and in the introduction, Ramusio notes that the maps were prepared by the great Italian cartographer, Giacomo Gastaldi. The original woodblock for this map was destroyed by fire in 1557. This example was printed from the new block cut for the editions of 1565 and 1606.
Burden, The Mapping of North America, I, 24; Wheat, Transmissippi, 1, p. 21.
Inventory No. 8079