Decorative and detailed map of Mexico, including Texas and Upper California, along with the southern half of the US, from Zatta's Atlante Novissimo, published in Venice.
Nice detail throughout along the Rio Grande and what was then French Louisiana. A number of Indian tribes are noted in the plains, including the Kansez, Osages, Cheraquis, Cascaquas, Aacansas, Chicachas, Natchitoches, Tchatas, Choumans, Apacharia, etc. Excellent detail in Texas, including Corpus Christi, Forte di Giov., El Passo, Guadalupa, Sumas Topires, Cristofolo S. Paolo, La Conceziono S. Giorgio, etc. The northern part of Texas is Paese incognito. Remarkable detail in Arizona and New Mexico. Very primitive treatment of the Mississippi River and tributaries. Excellent pre-Humboldt map of the Southwestern US, Plains etc.
The map was issued in Zatta's Atlante Novissimo a monumental 4 volume work and one of the last great decorative atlases.
Antonio Zatta (fl. 1757-1797) was a prominent Italian editor, cartographer, and publisher. Little is known about his life beyond his many surviving published works. It is possible that he was born as early as 1722 and lived as late as 1804. He lived in Venice and his work flourished between 1757 and 1797. He is best known for his atlas, Atlante Novissimo (1779-1785), and for his prolific output of prints and books that were both precisely made and aesthetically pleasing. Zatta clearly had a large network from which to draw information; this is how he was able to publish the first glimpse of the islands visited by Captain Cook in the Atlante Novissimo. Zatta also published books of plays and architecture.