PTOLEMAEUS, Claudius (ca.100-ca.170). La Geografia di Claudio Tolomeo Alessandrino, Nuovamente tradotta di greco in Italiano, da Girolamo Ruscelli ... Aggiuntoui un pieno discorso di M. Gioseppe Moleto Matematico. Venice: Vincenzo Valgrisi, 1561. 3 parts in one volume, 4° (232 x 150mm). Woodcut device on title, woodcuts and 64 double-page maps. (The maps misbound, many of the guards re-inforced, map 4 with tiny wormhole at gutter, map II and adjacent maps stained to verso of image along guard, two plates with traces of white wash to edge of plate mark, all the maps trimmed into plate mark at top-margin, tiny marginal chip to map XXXIX, light spotting and staining, heavier to gatherings C-D.) Later, possibly 18th-century, vellum (extremities lightly rubbed, spine lightly soiled, very minor worming to rear endpapers). Provenance: ?Peluso (18th-century signature to title and E3r) -- evidence of stamps removed from title.
'A NEW AND IMPORTANT EDITION, WITH A NEW SERIES OF MAPS' (Sabin). The maps in the present work are larger versions based on those by Giacomo Gastaldi, first published in the edition of 1548. Ten of the maps relate to the Americas, including map XXXV, a revised version of the Zeno map of the Arctic, describing the journey of the author's ancestors in the 1390s to Greenland, Iceland, the mythical islands of Frisland and Icaria, and what is now thought to be Newfoundland and Labrador. While Zeno shows Greenland connected to Norway, Ruscelli has updated the map by eliminating this land bridge. Other New World maps include the South American continent, Brazil, Central America and the Baja Peninsula, the eastern coast of North America, Cuba and Hispaniola. Adams P-2235; Sabin 66503.