1828 Arrowsmith Map of North Italy (Tuscany, Piedmont, Venice)
Description: This is a rare example of Aaron Arrowsmith's 1828 map of Northern Italy. The map covers the island of Corsica and Northern Italy, depicting the territories of Tuscany, Modena, Parma, Kingdom of Sardinia, Lombardy, Venice and the State of the Church. It also shows the northern part of the Kingdom of Naples and the regions of Austrian Dominion. The regional boundaries are colored and relief shown by hachures. During this time in history, revolutionary sentiments favoring the unification of Italy were gaining popularity paving the way to the creation of a single nation. This map was published by A. Arrowsmith, hydrographer to His Majesty, in 1828.
Date: 1828 (dated)
Cartographer: Aaron Arrowsmith (1750-1823), John Arrowsmith (1790-1873), and Samuel Arrowsmith. The Arrowsmith family were noted map engravers, publishers, geographers, and cartographers active in the late 18th and early 19th century. The Arrowsmith firm was founded by Aaron Arrowsmith, who was trained in surveying and engraving under John Cary and William Faden. Arrowsmith founded the Arrowsmith firm as a side business while employed the Cary. The firm specialized in large format individual issue maps containing the most up to date and sophisticated information available. Arrowsmith's work drew the attention of the Prince of Wales who, in 1810, named him Hydrographer to the Prince of Wales, and subsequently, in 1820, Hydrographer to the King. Aaron Arrowsmith was succeeded by two sons, Aaron and Samuel, who followed him in the map publication business. The Arrowsmith firm eventually fell to John Arrowsmith (1790-1873), nephew of the elder Aaron. John was a founding member of the Royal Geographical Society. The firm is best known for their phenomenal large format mappings of North America. Mount Arrowsmith, situated east of Port Alberni on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, is named for Aaron Arrowsmith and his nephew John Arrowsmith. Click here for a list of rare maps from the Arrowsmith family.
Size: Printed area measures 10 in height x 12.75 inches in width (25.4 x 32.385 centimeters)
Condition: Very good. Original platemark visible. Blank on verso. Minor verso repair on top margin.
Code: NorthItaly-arrowsmith-1828 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)
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