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L'America Settentrionale ...
G.Sanson / G.G.De Rossi - Rome - - 53.5 x 38.5 - Original colour - Giovanni Giacomo De Rossi's map of North America is based on the work of French cartographer, Guillaume Sanson, and his map of 1669. De Rossi also includes a dominant island California as Sanson had done. The map was published in De Rossi's "Mercurio Geografico" - this example is the first state of the map dated 1677 (later states appeared in 1687 and c.1715). As well as the island form given to California, De Rossi also shows an interesting delineation of five Great Lakes with the western parts still undefined in this state. Florida is shown in a rather "squat" form yet coastal detail further north, including the Chesapeake, Cape Cod and so on, is very much recognisable. According to Burden, it is not known whether De Rossi's work had Sanson's permission or whether it was direct plagiarism - either way, Sanson is credited in the decorative title cartouche at upper right. A good example of Italian cartography and the Europe-wide thirst for knowledge of the New World. - Burden, The Mapping Of North America II, 491 (1).
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