Antonio Zatta; 1757- 1797.
A Venetian publisher, Zatta specialized in Italian versions
of successful books and atlases.
Of note: the 1775 "Atlante Novissimo, Illustrato ed Accresciuto
sulle Osservazioni e Scoperte Fatte dai Piu Celebri e Piu
Recenti Cartografi" in 4 volumes containing 218 finely detailed
maps. It was re-edited till 1785.
Also the 1778 "Storia dell' America Settentrionale.." a translation
of a Raynal's work. It included twelve maps for the USA, strongly
inspired from John Mitchell's seminal 1755 "Map of the British
and French Dominions in North America". But in a rare prescient
manner Zatta renamed the group of maps "Colonie Unite dell
America Settentrionale", or "The United Colonies of North
America". Starting in 1779, these twelve maps were incorporated
in the "Atlante Novissimo ..".
Others maps were directly translated from the publications
of Guillaume Thomas François Raynal - Rigobert Bonne/Giovanni
Also of note: the 1799 posthumous "Nuovo Atlante" issued by
alla Florida Orientale.
This small map (6 3/8" X 5 5/16") was originally designed
as an inset for the "Il Paese de' Selvaggi Outauacesi, e Kilistinesi
intorno al Lago Superiore."(top right map of the composite
"Colonie Unite."). The present item is a cut-out of said larger
The presence of a Florida inset on a lake Superior map is
due to the overall design of the "Colonie Unite.." which had
no room left for South Florida in the right bottom quadrant.
Empty spaces in the Atlantic were populated with Bermuda and
Jamaica,. and an empty space in Canada was filled with South
Numerous lakes, mountain ranges, archipelago coastal delineation,
strange inland name places,. all attest of the poor geographical
knowledge of this area.
Conversely, the Bahamas are quite well represented.
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