Rare 2-sheet map showing the course of the Danube River from the Alps to the Black Sea by Nolin and Coronelli, two of the most important map makers of the late 17th and early 18th Centuries.
In the West, the map covers the region from the upper Adriatic and Gulf of Venice in the south, to the headwaters of the Danube in Bavaria. In the east, the map extends to Ukraine, Romania, Moldova and Bulgaria, centered on the course of the Danube.
Includes and elaborate decorative cartouche.
Vincenzo Maria Coronelli is perhaps the greatest mapmaker of his time. Recruited from his native Italy by Louis XIV, Coronelli, in collaboration with Nolin, he set about constructing a massive pair of globes for the King of France. During this period, Coronelli received access to the French geogrphical information compiled from many of the far reaches of the Globe, including America, Asia and Africa, allowing him to construct the most up to date maps of the period. Following the end of his collaboration with Nolin, Coronelli returned home and both Nolin and Coronelli thereafter published a number of maps, with Nolin often providing credit to Coronelli in the map titles. Many of these are among the finest and most up to date maps of the period for the relevant regions.
Vincenzo Maria Coronelli (1650-1718) was one of the most influential Italian mapmakers and was 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.