1865 Vallardi Pictorial Bird's Eye View of Italy

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1865 Vallardi Pictorial Bird's Eye View of Italy

Italia-vallardi-1865

A striking bird's eye view of Italy from the north highlighting all of the peninsula's major cities.
$1,800.00

Title


Italia come si presenta nella sua configurazione naturale alla'altezza di circa 20, mille metri.
  1865 (undated)     15.75 x 21 in (40.005 x 53.34 cm)

Description


Drawn as if from a vantage point high above the Italian Alps, this is a c. 1865 Antonio Vallardi bird's eye view of Italy. Overlooking the Italian peninsula from the north, the Italian Alps occupy the foreground, while Sicily, Malta, and the North African coast appear in the background. Italy's cities, marked by shadowy groups of buildings, are labeled, including Milan, Venice, Florence, Rome, and Naples. Ships ply the waters of the Mediterranean and the Adriatic, and both Mt. Etna and Mt. Vesuvius are illustrated emitting clouds of smoke as if erupting. The city crests of Palermo, Turin, Venice, Florence, Naples, Milan, and Genoa flank the title. Charts along the bottom border illustrate Italy's longest rivers and highest mountains. Mountains and rivers charts proved very popular in the 19th century, and many cartographers published charts either separately or included them in their atlases.
Publication History and Census
This bird's eye view was published by Antonio Vallardi from his publishing house in Milan c. 1865. This is the only known example.

Cartographer


Antonio Vallardi (1813 - 1876) was an Italian publisher and founder of the Antonio Vallardi publishing house. Born into a Milanese publishing family, his grandfather Cesare Vallardi (1736 - 1799) began publishing books in Contrada Santa Margherita in the 1750s. Vallardi's father, Pietro (1770 - 1819), and uncle Giuseppe (1784 - 1861) continued their father's publishing business but renamed the company Fratelli Vallardi and became prominent publishers of books and art prints. Pietro's sons, Franceso and Antonio, both founded their own publishing houses. Antonio Vallardi opened his publishing house in 1843, three years after his brother. Antonio's publishing house became known for academic and linguistic works, alongside the many maps and guides it published for the Touring Club. Antonio's descendant operated the publishing house until 1970 when they sold the firm to Garzanti.

Condition


Very good. Even overall toning. Exhibits some edge wear. Exhibits a few minor verso reinforcements along the lower margin.