A SCARCE, LITTLE-KNOWN MAP BY JOSEPH C. IVES

 

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AUTHOR:

IVES, J.C.

TITLE:

Military Map of the Seat of War in Italy Compiled from the Most Reliable Authorities. June 1859. Lith. by J. Bien & Co., New York.

CONDITION:

Full original color, 32 ¼ x 45 ¾”. A dissected folding map, removed from old cloth, flattened and lined with conservation paper. A handsome copy.

DATE:

[1859]

DESCRIPTION:

This is a very early map of the seat of war for the Second War of Italian Independence, which had as its goal the liberation of Lombardy and Venice from Austrian control, and ultimately led in 1870 to a unified Italian state.

The map shows all of Italy north of Rome on a grand scale. It was the work of Joseph C. Ives, the famous U. S. Army topographical engineer. Ives began his career in 1853-54 as an assistant to A. W. Whipple in the Pacific Railroad Survey. In 1857-58 he commanded an expedition to explore the Grand Canyon, which produced the first good map of the canyon, a landmark for the mapping of the American West. From 1859 to 1860 Ives was the engineer and architect for the building of the Washington Monument. He left the U/ S. Army at the beginning of the Civil War and joined the Confederate Army as aide-de-camp to Jefferson Davis.

REFERENCES:

Inventory No. 8477

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