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A nice example of Coronelli's highly desireable globe gore of must of the US. The gore is centered on the Great Lakes and shows the Mississippi pushed far to the west, based upon Hennepin and La Sale. Wonderful projections of Florida, the Gulf Coast, and the Chesapeake. The map includes many scenes of indigenous Indians hunting, fishing, making canoes, etc. Notes regarding various French forts along the Mississippi, including La Sale's encampment in 1685. The fictious Lake May is still present. Many other important early notes on navigation, exploration, portages, and other interesting information in the Great Lakes region. Notes in the Upper Mississippi note the extent of Marquette and Jolliet's explorations in 1678. Also shows sea monsters and canoes in the Gulf. A good example, trimmed at the bottom with very minor loss. Coronelli's gores form a 42 inch globe, when joined. Normally a $3500.00 map. An essential 17th Century American Map.

Vincenzo Maria Coronelli Biography

Vincenzo Maria Coronelli (1650-1718) is one of the most influential Italian mapmakers and is known especially for his globes and atlases. The son of a tailor, Vincenzo was apprenticed to a xylographer (a wood block engraver) at a young age. At fifteen he became a novice in a Franciscan monastery. At sixteen he published his first book, the first of 140 publications he would write in his lifetime. The order recognized his intellectual ability and saw him educated in Venice and Rome. He earned a doctorate in theology, but also studied astronomy. By the late 1670s, he was working on geography and was commissioned to create a set of globes for the Duke of Parma. These globes were five feet in diameter. The Parma globes led to Coronelli being named theologian to the Duke and receiving a bigger commission, this one from Louis XIV of France. Coronelli moved to Paris for two years to construct the King’s huge globes, which are 12.5 feet in diameter and weigh 2 tons.

The globes for the French King led to a craze for Coronelli’s work and he traveled Europe making globes for the ultra-elite. By 1705, he had returned to Venice. There, he founded the first geographical society, the Accademia Cosmografica degli Argonauti and was named Cosmographer of the Republic of Venice. He died in 1718.