"Le Colonie Unite dell America Settentrale" Bermuda ZATTA 1779 old map
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"Le Colonie Unite dell America Settentrale". Bermuda. ZATTA 1779 old map

Price: £1,326.99

TITLE/CONTENT OF MAP: 'Le Colonie Unite dell America Settentrale di nuova projezione assee li Signori Rifomatori dello Studio di Padova '

The title sheet of a twelve sheet map of the "United Colonies of the North America" (shortly afterwards to become the United States - the map was published in the middle of the American War of Independence). Bermuda is shown on a trompe-l'oeil scroll. The map contains an interesting cartographic error which reveals that Zatta copied it from Richard Norwood's earlier map, compiled in 1622 and published by John Speed in 1627. Norwood's original map superimposed the North American Atlantic seaboard together with the relative position of Bermuda on a smaller scale behind the main large-scale representation of Bermuda. Thus, there was a repetition of the island of Bermuda on the original Norwood map, on two very different scales. Zatta has failed to understand that the small island shown offshore what is now North Shore Village, and named on his map nearly identically to the main island as "Bermudos or Sommers Island", does not exist and is in fact a repetition and representation of Bermuda itself on a smaller scale - in the same position in which it appeared on Norwood's map. Bermuda was at one time named "Sommers' island", after Sir George Sommers, who was shipwrecked there in 1609.

The top image on the right hand side shows the entire map. To view a close up of the map showing the level of printed detail, please click on the bottom image on the right hand side. This map is folding hence the centrefold line may show on the image below

DATE PRINTED: Published in 1779. Engraved in 1778 (this date is printed on the map).    

IMAGE SIZE: Approx 35.0 x 46.0cm, 13.75 x 18 inches (Large); Please note that this is a folding map.

TYPE: Antique 18th century Italian copperplate map with original hand colour

CONDITION: Good; suitable for framing. However, please note: Minor blemishes. Please check the scan for any blemishes prior to making your purchase. Please contact us if you would like to arrange to view this map. Virtually all antiquarian maps and prints are subject to some normal aging due to use and time which is not obtrusive unless otherwise stated. We offer a no questions asked return policy.

AUTHENTICITY: This is an authentic historic map, published at the date stated above. It is not a modern copy.

VERSO: There is nothing printed on the reverse side, which is plain

FOLDING: This is a folding map.


PROVENANCE: "Atlante Novissimo, illustrato ed accresciuto sulle osservazioni, e scoperte fatte dai piu' celebri e piu' recenti geografi", in Venezia MDCCLXXXII, presso Antonio Zatta con privilegio dell' Eccellmo Senato


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