Folio, (12 x 8 ½ inches). Seven double-page woodcut maps and plans ("Il Cvscho citta principale della provincia del Perv," "La Nvova Francia, Terra de Nvrvmbega, Terra de Laborador, Isola de demoni, Terra Nvova," "Brasil," "Parte del Africa," "Taprobana, Sumatra, Tramontana," "La Terra de Hochelaga nella Nova Francia," and "Vniversale della parte del Mondo nvovamente ritrovata"), one full-page woodcut map of Isola Spagnvola, and a plan of Mexico, illustrated throughout with numerous woodcuts of native plants, animals, people and aspects of their culture. Contemporary limp vellum, the title written in manuscript on the spine, yapp edges, remains of two pairs of leather ties.
AN EXTREMELY FINE COPY, AND THE MOST COMPLETE of the third edition of the third volume. With the addition of (from pp 386): "Viaggio di M. Cesare de' Fedrici, nell' India Orientale, & oltra l'India, per via di Soria," "Tre Navigationi fatte da gli Olandesi, et Zelandesi al Settentrione nella Noruegia, Moscouia, e Tartaria verso il Catai, & Regno de' Sini, doue scopersero il Mare di Veygatz, la nuoua Zembla, & vn paese nel 80. grado creduto la Groenlandia," "Brevissima Narratione della seconda Navigatione, che fu fatta l'anno 1595," "Narratione della terza Navigatione, laqvale fv institvita l'anno 1596."
This volume dedicated to the Americas includes the earliest obtainable map to accurately depict the Americas "Universale della Parte del Monde Nuovamente Ritrovata," and the first map devoted to New England and New France "La Nuova Francia" (also the second separate printed map of the Northeast) both here printed from the second woodblocks after the first were destroyed in a fire. The final section comprises the first general publication of Cartier's Canadian experiences.
"ONE OF THE EARLIEST AND MOST IMPORTANT COLLECTIONS OF VOYAGES AND TRAVELS .[WHICH] OPENED UP A NEW ERA IN THE LITERARY HISTORY OF VOYAGES AND NAVIGATION" (Hill).
First published in three volumes between 1550 and 1559, and followed by various subsequent editions, all of which had additions made to them. "This is one of the earliest and most important collections of voyages and travels and may be said to have opened a new era in the literary history of voyages and navigation. This work... was the first great systematic collection that had so far appeared" (Hill 1418). A fourth volume was planned but was never published. The preface to the third edition of the first volume (1563), and the introduction to the account of Peru in the third volume, both contain references to this proposed volume.
"Ramusio, who truly earned the sobriquet of the Italian Hakluyt, was preminent as an editor; he handled his material with great skill and produced acollection of unique value" (Penrose, "Travel and Discovery in the Renaissance," 1420-1620, p. 306). AN EXCEPTIONALLY BRIGHT AND ATTRACTIVE COPY. Burden 24 and 25; Sabin 67742. Catalogued by Kate Hunter