Fascinating map of the NW Coast of North America and NE Coast of Asia, filled with cartography myth and legend.
This map is one of the best illustrations of a late rendition of the NW Passage, here illustrating two wide passages from the Pacific to Hudson's Bay, based upon the mythical voyages of Admiral's Cluny and de Font. The map is based upon the Russian discoveries reported by J.N. De L'Isle. The map is noteworthy for the odd archipelago of islands off NE Asia, the rivers extending from the Pacific Coast to the interior of North America and the odd projection of the western coast of North America. This is one of the most highly sought after regional maps of the period and without doubt the most decorative.
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.