ITALIAN PIRACY OF THE FAMOUS MITCHELL MAP

 

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AUTHOR:

ZATTA, ANTONIO / REYNAL, ABBE GUILLAUME THOMAS FRANCOIS / [MITCHELL, JOHN]

TITLE:

Storia dell'America Settentrionale Del Signor Abate Raynal... in Venezia, Dalle Stampe Di Antonio Zatta... M. DCC. LXXVIII...

CONDITION:

Original marble boards, spine worn. Text and maps are all strong impressions in excellent condition. Two engraved titlepages (one for each of the two volumes of Reynal’s controversial text). Fifteen maps, all with original hand color and excellent condition.

DATE:

1778

DESCRIPTION:

Twelve of the fifteen maps in this work represent the first Italian edition of John Mitchell’s famous 1755 Map of the British and French Dominions in North America. The Dictionary of American Bibliography notes that “without serious doubt Mitchell’s is the most important map in American History.” Politically, Mitchell’s map was the cartographic document consulted by official representatives of Great Britain and the United States when negotiating the 1783 Treaty of Paris, which ended the Revolutionary War and recognized the independence of the United States. It also portrays accurately the known geography of the country at the time of the French and Indian War, and shows the claims of the British against the French. Ristow gives an extensive history of the Mitchell, noting that there are seven English impressions, two Dutch editions, ten French impressions and “two Italian piracies published in Venice,” where John Mitchell’s name does not appear as author. All these issues were published before 1782 and are on the same scale as the original edition. In addition to the twelve double page maps which make up the Mitchell map, the volume offered here includes three additional maps; Il Canada le Colonie Inglesi; Le Isole di Terra Nuova e Capo Breton; and La Baja D’Hudson. The text, by Abbe Guillaume Thomas Francois Reynal, comes from his popular history of the European colonies in the Indies and America. It was condemned by the French government for impiety and for its dangerous ideas on the people’s right to revolt.

REFERENCES:

Inventory No. 13425

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