Carta Geographica dell’ America Septentrionale – Northeast America with Canada, the Great Lakes and the Hudson Bay
Rare and beautiful
Date of first edition: ca. 1750
Date of this map: ca. 1750
Dimensions (not including margins) with the text around: 33 x 43 cm
Condition: excellent. Colouring in 19th century.
Condition rating: A+
From: Italian edition of Delisle’s decorative map
Albrizzi & his map
Giambattista Albrizzi (1698 – 1777) was a Venetian publisher and journalist active the mid-18th century. He published several illustrated books and maps, among them a monumental edition of Gerusalemme liberata (1745) in two volumes, prepared in a collaboration with Giovanni Battista Piazzetta (1683-1754). The Albrizzi’s family remained active in book publishing and selling in Venice for some 150 years. Albrizzi’s maps of North America are characterized by decorative cartouches showing local scenes. These were most likely also drawn by the artist Giovanni Battista Piazetta (c. 1682 – 1754).
Albrizzi’s maps are scarce and beautifully engraved.
This map of Northeast America is the Italian version of an earlier engraving by Guillaume Delisle. It shows in rather acceptable detail the five Great Lakes as well as Labrador and Hudson Bay, at the eve of the French and Indian War.
Lots of detail, including many Indian Tribes and early settlements west of the Mississippi River, and a number of settlements located in Florida and along the Gulf Coast. The Channel Islands in California are well delineated and there are many placenames along the California Coast, as far north as Mendocino. The lack of knowledge in the Pacific Northwest and west of the Upper Mississippi is unabashedly left blank, unlike earlier maps. The area is framed between the Arctic Circle and Tropic of Cancer. Two red pentagons in the West represent Santa Fe and Mexico City. The map makes no definitive decision with respect to the status of Baja California (island or peninsula?). Some of the sea voyages of early discoverers are mentioned (e.i. dotted) in the Pacific Ocean. Surprisingly, Albrizzi also shows the archipelago of the Azores islands, which are in reality located far more to the east.
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