This is an appealing 1800 map or city plan of Genoa, Italy, issued by John Stockdale. It beautifully depicts the coastal city and the capital of Liguria located in north western Italy. The map is exceptionally detailed, noting forts, bridges, gates, roads and a host of additional topographical features. The Old Mole (the battery for the defense of the harbor) and The Mole (New Mole) are noted here. The tower build on the New Mole is the one of the oldest standing structures in the world. Build in the 12th Century, the tower serves as a lighthouse to this day.
The Republic of Genoa, which before 1797 was an independent state became a French protectorate on Napoleon's demand. Leo Tolstoy, begins his famous novel War and Peace
Well, Prince, so Genoa and Lucca are now just family estates of the Buonapartes.... And what do you think of this latest comedy, the coronation at Milan, the comedy of the people of Genoa and Lucca laying their petitions [to be annexed to France] before Monsieur Buonaparte, and Monsieur Buonaparte sitting on a throne and granting the petitions of the nations?
Genoa would eventually become part of the Kingdom of Sardinia in 1815, following the defeat of Napoleon. This map was published by John Stockdale in 1800.
John Stockdale (March 25, 1750 - June 21, 1814) was an English book and map publisher active in London in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Stockdale, born in Caldbeck, England, was trained by his father in the family trade of blacksmithing. Blacksmithing must not have been his cup of tea, for as soon as he was able, he left this trade in favor of a number of minor service positions, working at various times as a porter and a valet. One such position put him in the service of the bookseller John Almon. Having learnt the book trade by observing Almon, Stockdale opened his own bookshop and began publishing various historic and scientific works. Fellow publishers, perhaps reacting to his social status at birth, wrote of him, "being a man of natural parts, he soon became conspicuous in business in spite of much eccentricity of conduct and great coarseness of manners." Never quite accepted in the trade, Stockdale's fellow London publishers derogatorily referred to him as "The Bookselling Blacksmith". Nonetheless, Stockdale had a number of important works to his name, including several geographies, most notably the 1794American Geography 1794 and, with John Cary, the 1805 New British Atlas.
Stockdale, J., A geographical, historical and political description of the empire of Germany, Holland, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Prussia, Italy, Sicily, Corsica, and Sardinia, London, 1800.
Very good. Original platemark visible. Blank on verso.