La Tartaria Chinese.
1784 (dated) 13 x 17 in (33.02 x 43.18 cm)
This map is a hand colored 1784 Antonio Zatta map of Chinese Tartary and Korea. Centered on Chinese Tartary, the map details Korea, Manchuria, Chinese Tartary and parts of adjacent Russian Tartary, Independent Tartary, Mongolia, and Japan. The map is engraved in the fine late 18th Italian style and contains a beautiful pictorial cartouche. It details northern China, Korea and the Sakhalin Island and marks many towns and villages including Peking. Of particular interest is in the exceptional detail within Korea and the unusual rendering of Hokkaido, here labeled 'Jeso –Gasima.' It also outlines the portions of the Great Wall of China. During this time in history, this region was dominated by China's last Imperial Dynasty, the Qing. This map was issued as part of A. Zatta's 1784 publication of Atlante Novissimo.
Antonio Zatta (1775-1797) was the most prominent Italian map publisher of the late 18th and early 19th century. His firm, based in Venice, produced maps that mark an important transition from 18th to 19th century cartographic styles. He updates and redefines the traditional title cartouche by replacing the mythic elements common to the 17th and 18th century with more representative images. He maps also strive to keep many 18th century details, such as figural depictions on the map itself, while striving for the accuracy that a 19th century clientele demanded. His most important work is the four volume Atlante novissim published from 1775 to 1789.
Zatta A., Atlante Novissimo, 1784.
Very good. Blank on verso. Original platelines visible. Original certerfold. Minor wormholing in margins and along centerfold.