Carte Geo-Hydrographique du Golfe du Mexique et de ses Isles..
$450 / ≈ €450
Illustrated with navigation rhumb lines in waters. Includes notations of the sea depths, such as off the coast of Florida and the Yucatan peninsula.
The baroque cartouche in the upper right incorporates a cornucopia, symbolic of the abundant natural resources of the New World.
Giovanni Antonio Bartolomeo Rizzi Zannoni was one of the leading cartographers of the late 18th century, as well as being an astronomer, surveyor and mathematician.
Born in Padua, he worked in Venice and was engaged by the governments of Austria and France to produce maps.
Rizzi Zannoni was the first to execute the triangulation of Poland, assisting in the French and English border survey of American in 1757, and serving as the hydrographer of the Dépot de Marine.
He was also a member of the Cosmographic Society of Göttingen, a town in Saxony, Germany, home to the University of Göttingen.
Rizzi Zannoni is known for his world atlas, the French edition of which was published in 1762 as Atlas Moderne by Lattré in Bordeaux.
In 1781, he was invited by the Bourbon rulers of the Kingdom of Naples to direct the Topographical Office, among the first governmental cartographic agencies in Europe. There he produced celebrated land and maritime atlases of the region, as well as many separately issued maps.
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