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Item ID Number: 2716

Map Number 2716 
Cartographer Coronelli, Vicenzo Maria 
Title America Settentrionale Colle Nuoue Scoperte... 
Date c.1688 
Place of Publication Venice 
Image Size (mm) 620 x 890 
Image Size (Inches) 24.41 x 35.04 
Coloring Black & White 
Condition Excellent 
Notes Superb dark impression on fine thick laid 17th century Italian paper. Fine example of Coronelli's important map of North America appeared in his Atlante Veneto. "It provides a major leap in the cartography of the day, much of it provided through his tremendous connections in France. The whole is aesthetically delightful, providing a perfect balance between the provision of scientific accuracy and beauty. There are three key changes in cartography from that perceived at the time, two of which were advanced. First, the Great Lakes are depicted in their most accurate form yet although possibly pre-dated by Coronelli-Nolin, c.1687, Partie Occidentale...They are the finest portrayal since Nicolas Sanson's Amerique Septentrionale, 1650, only requiring a little improvement in Lake Michigan and Huron. Careful study of the voyages of Louis Jolliet, Jacques Marquette and Louis Hennepin, and discussions with others in Parisian circles, helped in this regard. Lake Frontenac (Ontario) is named after the contemporaneous Governor of New France. To the South the R. Ouabache and R. Ohio, o' la Belle Riviere are correctly indicated as two separate rivers, despite wrongly placing the mouth of the Wabash in the Mississippi River rather than the Ohio. Cartographers would often confuse them with one another in the ensuing decades. " "A major influence of the map is its depiction of the Rio Grande discharging into the Gulf of Mexico and not the Gulf of California. Previous cartographers had depicted it, Giovanni Battista Nicolosi being the first in 1660, but it was Coronelli's credibility which persuaded the cartographic community to change. Above el Passo appears the important legend il Rio del Nort Sbocca nel Golfo del Mexico, non nel Mare di California. From this point the river turns not south west to the Gulf of California, but south-east under the name of the Rio Brauo to the Gulf of Mexico, arriving just a little south of its true position."  
References Heidenreich, Conrad E. 1980. "Mapping the Great Lakes: The Period of Exploration, 1603-1700." Cartographica 17, no.4: 32-64; Heidenreich, Conrad E. and Edward H.Dahl.1980. "The French Mapping of North America in the Seventeenth Century." The Map Collector no.13: 2-11; McLaughlin 103; Tooley MCC8 No.8; Cumming, Exploration of North America, P.148.Burden, The Mapping of North America II, 643; Burden, Mapping the West, pp.43-47. 
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Short Description Maps North America;Maps North America Great Lakes; 

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