IL GAZZETTIERE AMERICANO Marco Coltellini all’Insignia della Verità
IL GAZZETTIERE AMERICANO
Marco Coltellini all’Insignia della VeritàPublication Date: 1763
Three large matching volumes in contemporary vellum bindings. Ink titles on spines, 5 raised bands. Laid paper. Folio 12.5 x 9 ¾ in. (31.75 x 24.8 cm). Condition: Excellent. Formatted as an encyclopaedia of the Americas, the work examines geography, flora and fauna, industry, trade, and local customs throughout South America, Cuba, New England, and up to Newfoundland. An expanded Italian edition of the American Gazetteer published in London a year earlier. Illustrated with 78 engravings and diagrams throughout, including frontispiece. Of these, 23 are fold out black and white diagrams, maps, and city plans; 55 are full page plates. Complete with all maps and engravings listed in full at the rear of each volume. Includes bird's eye views of major cities and ports (New York, Boston, Santiago, Lima, etc., islands of Central America (Cuba, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Barbados, etc.); 35 other plates depict phenomena particular to the Americas, including toucans, bison, penguins; industrial methods for indigo, tobacco, and sugar production; and construction methods for Native boats. Published in Livorno, this is an expanded Italian edition of the American Gazetteer published in London a year earlier. “Livorno, as a free port, maintained intense commercial ties with England while supporting a large population of foreigners, many of them English. It should be no surprise that it was in Livorno, in 1762, that there began to be prepared and then published an Italian translation of the American Gazetteer of London: the Gazzettiere Americano. It was no less than an ongoing encyclopedia of the Americas, with a large share dedicated to the Atlantic colonies, their growing populations and their commerce.” (Tortarolo in Connell & Pugliese, 2018).