Important regional map, bounded by the Missouri River, Lake Michigan and what would ultimately become Michigan in the north and extending south to include parts of Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. The map, while issued separately as part of Zatta's Atlante Novissimo, is actually one of 12 sections comprising the Italian edition of Mitchell's map of North America. The map's scale is identical to the Mitchell. John Mitchell's map of North America was the single most important American map of the 18th Century and is the foundation for virtually all boundary disputes and treaties beginning with the French & Indian War. It was drawn from the first available English and Indigenous surveys and includes remarkable detail regarding towns, roads, rivers, mountains and other regional features. The English edition of Mitchell's map has reached over $100,000.00 at auction and the French edition now reaches nearly $20,000.00, making the Zatta sections of the map the only obtainable examples which are affordable to most collectors. Includes an early appearance of the name Chicagou. A seminal item for collectors of this region.
Antonio Zatta (fl. 1757-1797) was a prominent Italian editor, cartographer, and publisher. Little is known about his life beyond his many surviving published works. It is possible that he was born as early as 1722 and lived as late as 1804. He lived in Venice and his work flourished between 1757 and 1797. He is best known for his atlas, Atlante Novissimo (1779-1785), and for his prolific output of prints and books that were both precisely made and aesthetically pleasing. Zatta clearly had a large network from which to draw information; this is how he was able to publish the first glimpse of the islands visited by Captain Cook in the Atlante Novissimo. Zatta also published books of plays and architecture.