First edition of Antonio Zatta's decorative double hemisphere map of the World, published in Venice in 1774.
Includes allegorical vignettes of the 4 continents, embellishing the outer corners.
The map depicts the recent discoveries of Captain James Cook, immediately following his discoveries in New Zealand and Australia.
The depiction of New Zealand is especially fascinating.
The map also includes interesting updated cartographic details along the Northweast Coast of America, including the Sea of the West.
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.