Auction 135, Lot 82

"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

Size:
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.

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Condition: B+

Mild toning along the centerfold and a couple soft extraneous creases.

Estimate: $950 - $1,100

Sold for: $550

Closed on 2/16/2011

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