Auction 122, Lot 114

"America Settentrionale divisa ne' suoi principali Stati", Zatta, Antonio

Subject: North America

Period: 1776 (circa)

Publication: Atlante Novissimo

Color: Hand Color

16 x 12.3 inches
40.6 x 31.2 cm

Zatta depicts the western portion of North America with some of the notorious misconceptions popularized by the maps of Delisle and Buache, with a dramatic Northwest Passage flowing from the north of Hudson Bay to Lake Winnipeg and through some very dubious waterways to the Pacific. In roughly the area of Puget Sound, there is a mention of the Chinese colony of Fou Sang, based upon Hui Shen's supposed voyage of 499 AD. The topography shows a phalanx of mountain ranges going erroneously east-west, as well as a number of rivers doing the same. The Bella Riveria F. is shown to connect the Mississippi River to the Pacific. The English colonies are confined to the eastern seaboard and Spain is shown controlling Florida and Georgia. An engrossing map decorated with a wonderfully rendered cartouche.

References: Wheat (TMW) #204.

Condition: A

Fine impression and original color. Ink notation in upper margin "Tav. CLXXXV" and hinge remnants in upper margin, else fine

Estimate: $500 - $600

Sold for: $375

Closed on 12/5/2007