"L'America Secondo le ultime osservazioni Divisa ne' suoi Stati Principali", Cassini, Giovanni Maria
Subject: Western Hemisphere
Period: 1788 (dated)
Publication: Nuovo Atlante Geografico Universale
Color: Hand Color
18.3 x 13.3 inches
46.5 x 33.8 cm
The discoveries of Captain Cook are the subject of this scarce, Italian map of the Americas. In North America a possible Northwest Passage is labeled B. di Beering and Alaska (Algka) makes a very early appearance. Cook's three voyages are traced in the Pacific, where both islands of New Zealand and Hawaii are prominently shown. The location and date of Cook's demise is marked on I. Owhyea. The large title cartouche is set in a lush landscape with the allegorical female representation of America surrounded by native animals with a cornucopia of gold coins at her feet.
Mild toning along the centerfold and a couple soft extraneous creases.