"Mappe Geografiche Storiche Contenenti le Politiche Vicissitudini Degli Stati Principali del Mondo Sino a'Nostri Giorni...", Le Sage
Period: 1845 (published)
Color: Hand Color
11.8 x 16.6 inches
30 x 42.2 cm
This is an Italian edition of Le Sage's historical atlas by Girolamo Tasso that contains 26 double-page and 12 single-page maps by both Le Sage and Albrizzi. The majority of the atlas is dedicated to the Old World, but it also includes twelve maps of the New World including depictions of North America and the eastern United States. Of particular interest is Stati-Uniti dell'America Settentrionale Dalle Piu Recenti Mappe… (18 x 13.5"), which covers the United States to the Rocky Mountains. It depicts the expansion of the country form the original thirteen colonies through the territorial acquisitions up until 1822. Mexico is still in control of the Southwest, including the Provincia de Texas. Also of note is Confederazione Messicana Tratta dalle Ultime Mappe di Humboldt e di Buchon (19x13"), which shows the settled areas of Mexico just one year prior to Texas claiming independence. Texas forms part of San Luis Potosi and New Mexico extends far into the Rocky Mountains. A number of Native Indian tribes are named, and several notes give additional information on the region. The text panels at the sides of the map give a brief history and description of Mexico and California. Large folio, hardbound in quarter brown cloth over brown boards with gilt title on spine.
References: cf. Phillips (Atlases) #127.
The maps range from mostly good to very good with light to moderate toning. In addition to the toning, several maps have moderate offsetting. The map of the Southwest/Mexico is near fine (A). The covers have light shelf wear and there is some sunning along the bottom and right edge of the front cover. The spine has been replaced and the top half of the spine label has been pasted on top.