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VENICE] - Bird's eye view of Venice. Venice: ca. 1850/60]. A fine copy of Matthäus Seutter's Atlas Novus in fine contemporary hand colouring. The work was first published in 1720 with only 16 maps; among the most important plates are the map of the world in two hemispheres, the map of Brazil and the maps of the continents in excellent condition. California is always represented as an island and the quality of the impression and colouring are very good.(660 x 965mm). Allegorical title printed in black and white, 50 double-page engraved maps all hand-coloured at the time (lacking two text leaves and the index which is sometimes present, frontispiece reinforced at the inner margin, some foxing, a few sporadic marginal tears). Contemporary wallet calf, title printed on front cover (some rubbing, without a tie). EN[VENEZIA] - Bird's eye view of Venice. Venice: ca. 1850/60]. Rare view, which cannot be found in bibliographies and of which there is no mention at auction, showing Venice in the mid-nineteenth century with the railway bridge connecting it to the mainland, inaugurated in 1845, and an intense maritime traffic in which steamers and sailing boats can be distinguished. It can be assumed that the anonymous author wanted to highlight the maritime and commercial vocation of Venice, which in those years was diminishing due to the strong competition from other Adriatic ports, first and foremost Trieste. Even the contemporary note of possession refers to the maritime world: "Giuseppe Cavalletto, pilot of the Venetian estuary". (660 x 965mm). Typewritten notes from the first half of the 20th century in the upper left margin outside the printing area (signs of folding, slight repairs at the folds, slight damp stains). Provenance: Giuseppe Cavalletto (note of ownership).

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