RAMUSIO, GIOVANNI BATTISTA, [& GIACOMO GASTALDI].
Universale della parte del mondo nuovamente ritrovata. [Venice: Guinti, 1556.] Woodcut map, 275 mm in diameter (to neatline). Lower left corner with some repaired wormholes, loosely laid down to mat, a little creasing to both lower corners. Matted and framed.
VERY RARE AND ATTRACTIVE FIRST EDITION OF AN EARLY AMERICAS MAP: THE FIRST MAP TO NAME THE SIERRA NEVADAS, following the voyage of Cabrillo in 1542. Also with important detail on the Southwest; it is the first printed map of the Americas to include any of the names from Coronado's discoveries in 1540-42.
"The woodblock for this map was destroyed in the fire at the printing house of Thomaso Guinti in November 1557 ... Ramusio himself died in July of that year. A new woodblock was cut for the second edition of 1565," i.e. 10 years later (Burden 24). Church 99, Wheat Transmississippi p 21.