ZATTA, Antonio (fl. 1757-97). Atlante Novissimo. Venice: Antonio Zatta, -1785. 4 volumes, 2° (375 x 260mm). Double-page engraved frontispiece, 218 hand-coloured double-page engraved maps and views. (Lacking title of vol. I, title of vol. II cut down and mounted, waterstaining to vols II, III, IV, occasional browning and soiling.) Contemporary sheep-backed boards with vellum tips, yellow edges (corners and extremities rubbed).
ONE OF THE FINEST AND MOST COMPREHENSIVE WORLD ATLAS to be issued in Italy in the 18th century. Zatta's atlas was designed to accompany the Nuova Geografia, an Italian translation of the geographical treatise of A. F. Büsching. The maps include Mitchell's map of America on 12 sheets, a suite of European maps, county maps of Kent, Middlesex, Essex and Surrey, and various maps of Africa, Asia, Australasia, and of the Ancient world. Those of Australasia follow Cook's latest discoveries. The maps in the present copy accord with the list of maps in each volume; 9 of the maps on the plate list to vol. IV were not issued. Shirley BL I, pp. 1046. (4)