Venice: 1776. Map. Engraving with original hand outline color. Image measures 18.75 x 22"
This beautiful map of the Great Lakes depicts "western Canada and northern Louisiana," or in the parlance of American history, a substantial portion of the Northwest Territory and part of Pennsylvania. It extends from the upper Mississippi River Valley east to Lake Ontario, and from James Bay south to Philadelphia. The map shows Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, and Erie in wonderful detail, with Lake Ontario extending outside the right margin. Chicagon (Chicago) is named along with many early settlements, numerous French forts, and Indian villages and territories, making the map a fine document of the Louisiana Territory. The map is also notable for its detailed depiction of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. A note by the Mississippi explains, in French, that the course of the river is known only up the depicted point and that its source is still unknown. Just above, in the unmapped territory, is a beautiful rococco title cartouche. The map is based on D'Anville's influential map of North America of 1746 and was published in Santini's "Atlas Universel dressé sur les meuilleures cartes modernes" of 1776. It is in excellent condition with wide side margins as issued. Dark imprint on bright paper with no tears. Small chips to rig
Paolo Santini was a Venetian cartographer and publisher who worked closely with Janvier. This map of the Great Lakes is a fine example of his work.