1851 Black Map of Northern Italy (Tuscany, Piedmont, Venice)
Description: This is a fine example of Adam and Charles Black's 1851 map of northern Italy. The map covers the island of Corsica and Northern Italy, including the regions of Tuscany, Modena, Parma, the Sardinian States, Austrian Lombardy and the State of the Church. It also includes the northern extension of the Kingdom of Naples. An inset map in the lower left quadrant depicts the environs of Rome. As this map was being drawn, Italy was undergoing the process of Risorgimento, where the different city-states of the Italian Peninsula struggled for solidary as a single Italian nation. Throughout, the map identifies various cities, towns, rivers, mountain passes and an assortment of additional topographical details with relief shown in hachures. Map is hand colored in pink, green, blue and yellow pastels to define boundaries. This map was engraved by Sidney Hall and issued as plate no. XXXI in the 1851 edition of Black's General Atlas of the World.
Date: 1851 (undated)
Source: Black, A. and C., General Atlas Of The World, (Edinburgh) 1851.
References: Rumsey 2305.036 (1854 edition). Philips (atlases) 4334.
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