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Auction 163, Lot 186

"Il Paese de Cherachesi, con la Parte Occidentale della Carolina Settentrionale, e della Virginia", Zatta, Antonio

Subject: Colonial South Central United States

Period: 1778 (circa)

Publication: Atlante Novissimo…

Color: Hand Color

16.6 x 12.4 inches
42.2 x 31.5 cm
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This map provides a detailed view of the forks of the Missouri and Ohio Rivers along the Mississippi and adjacent areas. While the map is filled with Indian villages, it shows very little European settlement other than a couple of French forts and Dr. Thomas Walker's settlement. Dr. Walker, surveyor for the Ohio and Loyal Land Companies, led a small group into the area in 1750 and established a supply post in the area of present-day Barbourville, Kentucky. This is one sheet of Zatta's version of John Mitchell's epic map. The whole map, titled "Le Colonie Unite dell' America Settentrle," was published as a set of twelve individual maps. Each sheet stands on its own and has full borders.

In the January 1999 issue on, Ashley Baynton-Williams discussed and listed the earliest maps to reflect the use of the name "Untied States" on a map. He concluded that "the first printed map devoted to the thirteen states, and to use a name distinguishing them from their previous status of British Colonies was published neither by an Englishman, Frenchman, or American, but by an Italian, Antonio Zatta. His map Le Colonie Unite Dell' America Settentr.le... was published in 1778, in his Storia Dell' America Settentrional, and then re-issued in the Atlante Novissimo (1778-1785). While (in relative terms) a common map, I do not know that anyone has previously remarked on the significant of the title."

References: Portinaro & Knirsch, plt. CL; Sellers & Van Ee #163; #1.

Condition: B+

A dark impression on watermarked paper with faint dampstains adjacent to the centerfold and a few spots of foxing.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $160

Closed on 6/14/2017