C1740

Mappamondo o sia Descrizione Generale del Globo Terrestre ed Acquatico.

Exquisitely decorated double-hemisphere world map based on Guilliaume de L’Isle’s Mappe Monde of 1700 by Giovambattista Albrizzi, publisher, patron, collector and one of the great figures of eighteenth-century Venetian intellectual and cultural life. Although Venice had been the centre of … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Mappamondo o sia Descrizione Generale del Globo Terrestre ed Acquatico.

Date:

C1740

Condition:

In good condition, centre fold as issued.

Technique:

Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

355mm 
x 295mm

Paper Size: 

453mm 
x 358mm
AUTHENTICITY
Mappamondo o sia Descrizione Generale del Globo Terrestre ed Acquatico. - Antique Map from 1740

Genuine antique
dated:

1740

Description:

Exquisitely decorated double-hemisphere world map based on Guilliaume de L’Isle’s Mappe Monde of 1700 by Giovambattista Albrizzi, publisher, patron, collector and one of the great figures of eighteenth-century Venetian intellectual and cultural life.

Although Venice had been the centre of the European map trade during the sixteenth century, its importance was greatly diminished in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries as Dutch and German publishers became increasingly dominant. The extravagant artwork surrounding the centre map was designed by the Italian artist Giovanni Battista Piazzetta and comprises allegorical figures of the four continents in each corner surrounded by scenes depicting examples of their animal life and inhabitants.

The map is further embellished with a large framed armillary sphere at the top and an elaborate rococo title cartouche beneath. Australia is shown with the discoveries made by Abel Tasman on his first and second voyages 1642-44. The names of the discoveries made on the western coast of Cape York during his second voyage are shown: R.di Yan Speult, (Jardine River), R.di Coen (Archer River), R.di Nassau (Nassau River) and R.di Caron (Flinders River). With the exception of R. de Caron, all had been named earlier by Cartensz in 1623. The Dutch discoveries by the van Leeuwin 1622, Nuyts 1627, and de Wit 1628 are also included.

The tracks of Ferdinand Magellan 1519-21, Ivaro de Menda de Neira 1567, Schouten and Le Maire 1616, Tasman’s first voyage 1642-3 and Chevalier de Chaumont 1640-1710 are also marked. After discovering and successfully navigating the strait between mainland South America and Tierra del Fuego, Magellan proceeded north along the western side of the Americas before becoming the first to cross the Pacific, arriving at the Philippines in 1521. Schouten and Le Maire rounded Cape Horn in 1616, proving that Tierra del Fuego was neither a continent nor connected to Terra Australis Incognita. In 1642-3, the southern limits of the mythical land were set by Tasman with his discovery of Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) and the west coast of New Zealand. Chaumont, the first French ambassador to Siam led a mission to convert the King of Siam to Catholicism as part of a larger French effort to gain influence in the country for commercial and military advantage.

From: Albrizzi, Atlante Novissimo del Sigr. Guglielmo de L’Isle, Venezia. (volume Primo MDCCXL-1740)

Giovambattista Albrizzi (1698 - 1777)

Albrizzi was a publisher, patron, collector and one of the great figures of eighteenth-century Venetian intellectual and cultural life. Although Venice had been the centre of the European map trade during the sixteenth century, its importance was greatly diminished in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries as Dutch and German publishers became increasingly dominant.

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