DE L'ISLE, Guillaume / ALBRIZZI, Giambattista

Atlante Novissimo, che contiene tutte le parti del mondo

Giambatista Albrizzi
Size : 380 x 265 mm
Color : Contemporary colors
Condition : Très bon
Reference : 35-36

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Two parts in one small folio (380 x 265 mm). Contemporary vellum, spine with raised bands, title and volume numbering lettered in gilt to spine, red speckled edges (a few small wormholes to spine-ends, some stains on covers, some small wear to joints) V.1 : Frontispiece, title engraved in black and red, [6], 59 pp, 34 double-page engraved maps V.2 : Frontispiece, title engraved in black and red, [6], 79 pp, 44 double-page engraved maps.

Two engraved-titles (Atlante novissimo del Sigr Guglielmo De L'Isle), two letterpress title-pages printed in red and black, 78 double-page engraved maps with outline colours, some partly with wash colour mounted on guards, including 6 maps of America and a world map.

A fine and attractive atlas published in Venice in 1740 (volume 1) and 1750 (volume 2) by Giambattista Albrizzi, gathering Guillaume Delisle's maps from his Atlas de Geographie (Paris, 1700-1718 and later issues) and Isaac Tirion's maps from his Nieuwe Hand-Atlas (Amsterdam, ca 1740).

Small defects including small stains to p. 51, maps [24] (vol. 1) and [25] (vol. 2), separation to the lower centrefold to maps 1 and 17 (vol. 1) and maps [7], [38] and [39] (vol. 2), small wormhole in the margin at the centrefold of map [22] with slight damage to the bottom of the map).

Some old annotations in ink to the dedication leaves of volume 2.

DE L'ISLE, Guillaume / ALBRIZZI, Giambattista

Guillaume Delisle (de l'Isle) (1675-1726), is one of the greatest figures of French cartography. The eldest son and pupil of the historian and geographer Claude Delisle, he entered the Academy of Sciences in 1702 to study with the astronomer Jean-Dominique Cassini. He taught geography to the young Louis XV and was the first to receive the title of Premier Géographe du Roi in 1718. Delisle is considered to be at the origin of modern cartography. One of Delisle's main contributions was to make a transition from the decorative maps of the Dutch school to a more scientific approach. He removed the ornamental elements and based his cartography on all available information. Throughout his life he constantly updated his collection of over 100 maps to reflect new discoveries. Thus, his maps give a precise overview of the state of geographic knowledge at the time. Delisle’s was the first to correct the longitudes of America, to discard the well-established fallacy of California as an island, to delineate the Mississippi Valley correctly and to introduce many new name places. 

Martin & Martin, Maps of Texas, pl. 19, pp. 98-9 ; Schwartz/ Ehrenberg, pp. 140-41, (illus.) 146; Cumming, Southeast, no. 170. ; Kohl,Lowery Collection, p. 230