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Girolamo Ruscelli
Map Tabula Asiae IX Pakistan Afghanistan Iran Indian Ocean

1561

$525

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“Tabula Asiae IX Pakistan, Afghanistan, E. Iran” Girolamo Ruscelli (1504 – 1566) Venice, 1561 V. Valgrisi. publisher Copper Engraving with Later Hand-Color Born in Viterbo, Italy, Ruscelli was an Italian polymath, humanist, editor, and cartographer active in Venice during the early 16th century. He is well known for his exacting revision of Ptolemy's Geographia. He was influenced by the 1548 Gastaldi edition. The work was illustrated with 64 double page engraved maps. Twenty-seven were Ptolemaic and thirty-seven were considered “modern maps”. These showed early glimpses of North and South America, Brazil, Mexico, Baja California, the Gulf Coast of Florida. New England with parts of Labrador, Africa and Asia. Also included were several woodcuts within the text. A man of many interests and talents, it would appear that Ruscelli had a secret life under the assumed name: Alessio Piemontese. An experimental scientific society, Piemontese led the hunt for natural and technological wonders that had heretofore been kept from the general public. This group of humanists and noblemen, founded in Naples ca 1540, led to the publication of “The Secretes of Alexis of Piedmont” which published more than one-hundred editions was translated into Latin, German, English, Spanish, French, and Polish and unleashed a torrent of 'books of secrets' that continued to be published down through the eighteenth century. The book contributed to the emergence of the concept of science as a hunt for the secrets of nature Piemontese was the prototypical 'professor of secrets'. His description of his hunt for secrets in the preface to the Secreti helped to give rise to a legend of the wandering empiric who dedicated his life to the search for natural and technological secrets., which pervaded experimental science during the period of the Scientific Revolution. Ruscelli's academy is the first recorded example of an experimental scientific society. The academy was later imitated by Giambattista Della Porta, who founded an ‘Accademia dei Secreti’ in Naples in the 1560s.

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  • Creator
    Girolamo Ruscelli (1504 - 1566)
  • Creation Year
    1561
  • Dimensions
    Height: 16.75 in. (42.55 cm)Width: 19 in. (48.26 cm)Depth: 2 in. (5.08 cm)
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  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Condition
    Framed to museum specifications using archival materials: acid-free matting, backing, and hinging. Glazed with ultra-violet filtering Plexiglas. Beautiful original 16th Century engraving. Full margins. Hand-colored.
  • Gallery Location
    Florham Park, NJ
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 10-17-191stDibs: LU6525142192

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