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Auction 118, Lot 723

"Il Ducato di Mantova Di Nuova Projezione", Zatta, Antonio

Subject: Italy

Period: 1779 (circa)

Publication: Atlante Novissimo…

Color: Hand Color

16.1 x 12.6 inches
40.9 x 32 cm

In the Italian style, this is a finely engraved copper plate map with original outline coloring. The map shows limited details of the countryside around the fortified town of Montova, in Lombardy and about 20 miles south of Verona and Lago di Garda. It details the course of numerous rivers from the Italian Alps, including the Oglio and Po. The map extends to name Ostiglia in the east, Castiglione in the north and Viadana on the Po in the west. Embellished with a monument style title cartouche and distance scale in Italian miles units. Founded around 2000 BC, the island city of Montova is perhaps best known for its mention in Shakespeare's classic playRomeo and Juliet. Romeo is sent into exile in Montova for killing a Capulet in a swordfight. Eventually returning to Verona where he learns that his love, Juliet, has died. Drawn by G. Pitteri and engraved by G. Zuliani.


Condition: B

A crisp, fine impression on a sheet with full, original margins. A few wormholes and damp staining in lower margin just reaching image.

Estimate: $140 - $180

Sold for: $100

Closed on 3/6/2007