Revolutionary War Era Italian map of the United States in 1778
Striking map of the United States and Canada, which includes references to the Upper and Lower English Colonies of Louisiana. One of the very few maps we have seen from the period which treat the regions east of the Mississippi as being Upper or English Louisiana!
The map includes many curious features, including Florida in the shape of an Archipelago, a very curious narrow Georgia, with a massive Florida or Apalachesia shown to the southwest. This is also one of the earliest and largest treatments of Ohio (called Ohio or Upper English Louisiana!), which reaches from Pennsylvania to the Mississippi River and south to Cherachesia (modern Tennessee). Florida coves a fair amount of Alabama and Georgia and is alternatively named Apalachesia. Many early forts and Indian Tribes are noted. Nice treatment of the Missouri River Valley. Decorative cartouche.
One of the most fascinating atlas maps of the United States issued at the commencement of the American Revolution. From Zatta's monumental 4 volume Atlante Novissimo, published in Venice.
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.