Superb pair of engraved "time maps" with beautiful original hand-color, published in Milan in 1826 and 1827, each image surmounted by an allegorical figure. One of the maps covers world history from the beginning of time (with God as the genesis at the top) to the then-present year, circa 1826. The companion piece covers the totality of Italian history, from the first peoples to inhabit the Italian peninsula, to the area's numerous political divisions of the mid-19th century.
The Grand' Albero Genealogico Storico Dei Popoli Italiani ("Grand Historical Family Tree of the Italian People") indicates that it was compiled by Pietro Fiocchi in Milan in 1827. The timeline shows the history of the cultural ancestors of the modern Italian People ("Aborigeni o primi abitatori d'Italia", or: Aboriginal or first inhabitants of Italy), dating back to before 3250 B.C. The whole folds into a grand melting pot, from which emerge the modern peoples of Malta, Naples, San Marino, The State of the Pope, Duchy of Luca, Grand Duchy of Toscana, Duchy of Modena, Duchy of Parma, Kingdom of Lombardy and State of Sardinia, and the Republics of Venice and Genoa, among others, ending at the beginning of the 19th Century.
The second timeline tracks the peoples of the World, beginning with the Italians, Greeks, Assyrians, Chinese, Hebrews and others, and tracking to modern times. The farthest right category is dedicated to important people and events; it notes the lifetimes of Leonardo Da Vinci, Aristotle, etc.
Stanislao Stucchi was an engraver and mapmaker who was active in Milan in the 1820s. Stucchi was responsible for numerous large folding maps, and, according to OCLC, an 1830 edition of the Nuovo Quadro Cronologico... in the British Library and a later 1856 edition in the National Library of Poland. OCLC does not locate any examples of the Genealogico Storico Dei Popoli Italiani. We locate a single example in the Bibliotecaria di Romagna e San Marino.