Detailed map of the coastline from Wilmington and Cape Fear to Cape Canaveral. The map is noteworthy for the location of a number of early forts and place names along the coast, early appearance of Counties South Carolina and the appearance of roads and distances. The map is sheet XI from Zatta's Atlas of the American Colonies, which is often referred to as the Italian edition of John Mitchell's map, upon which it is based. Unlike the Mitchell, the individual sheets in Zatta's atlas stand alone as separate maps. A marvelous map of the region during the Revolutionary War and one of the few large format maps of the region which can still be obtained at a reasonable price. Portinaro & Knirsch pl. 153. A nearly flawless unfolded example.
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.