1797 Cassini Map of Florida, Georgia, and Louisiana

Florida-cassini-1797-3
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Gli Stati Uniti dell' America delineati sulle ultime Osservazioni. Quinto Fogloi che comprende La Georgia, e parte della Carolina con, la Florida. - Main View
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1797 Cassini Map of Florida, Georgia, and Louisiana

Florida-cassini-1797-3

A Bold Portrayal of Florida as an Archipelago.
$1,250.00

Title


Gli Stati Uniti dell' America delineati sulle ultime Osservazioni. Quinto Fogloi che comprende La Georgia, e parte della Carolina con, la Florida.
  1797 (dated)     15 x 20 in (38.1 x 50.8 cm)     1 : 3400000

Description


An elegant 1797 Giovanni Maria Cassini map of the southeastern part of the fledgling United States. Centered on Pensacola, the map covers from the Mississippi River to the Atlantic Seaboard and from Fredericksburg to the Florida Keys, including the modern day states of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi, as well as parts of Louisiana and South Carolina. Florida is illustrated in archipelago form, as was common at the end of the 18th century. The map offers excellent information on the interior, including the deportment of American Indian tribes and villages. A highly decorative title cartouche appears in the lower left quadrant and features a fisherman sharing his haul with an elderly man.

Cartographically, Cassini derived this map from the 1778 Zatta 12 sheet revision and expansion of the John Mitchell's seminal 1755 map of the eastern part of North America. Cassini published six maps of United States regions based upon Zatta's work, of which this is map no. 5.
Publication History and Census
This work was published in Cassini's 1797 Nuovo Atlante Geografico Universale. Today all maps from this series are highly sought after for their exceptional beauty and fine engraving. We see only six examples of this separate map cataloged in OCLC.

Cartographer


Giovanni Maria Cassini (1745 - 1824) was a Rome based Italian mathematician, globe maker, geographer, engraver, and cartographer active in the later part of the 18th and early 19th century. He was a disciple of Giovanni Battista Piranesi. He invented new form of projection used for an atlas of the kingdom of Naples issued by Giovanni Antonio Rizzi Zannoni. Cassini is best known as a globe maker and is considered the last of the great 18th century globe makers. His maps are distinctive for their fine engraving, dark strong impressions, and elaborate distinctive cartouche work. Unlike many map and atlas publishers of the period, Cassini did all of his own engraving work - this impregnating each map with his unmistakable style. Though he produced a significant corpus of well-regarded work, little is known of Cassini's personal life. G. M. Cassini is often mistakenly associated with the well-known French cartographic family of the same name, however, they are not related. More by this mapmaker...

Source


Cassini, G. M., Nuovo Atlante Geografico Universale, (Roma : Presso la Calcografia Camerale) 1797.    

Condition


Good. Pronounced toning at centerfold. Wide margins. Blank on verso. Platemark visible.

References


OCLC 18563829. Huntington Library, 150258.