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A beautiful 1855 first edition example of Colton's map of northern Italy. Like most of Colton's europe maps, this map was derived from an earlier wall map of the world produced by Colton and D. Griffing Johnson. It includes Lombardy and Venice, Sardinia, Tuscany, Parma, Modena, Lucca and the States of the Church. Colton's map also includes Corsica and parts of Naples, France, Switzerland and Tyrol. As this map was being drafted, Italy was undergoing its Risorgimento, wherethe disparate city-states of the Italian Peninsula strove for solidarity as single Italian state. This map also identifies various cities, towns, rivers, rapids, mountain passes, and an assortment of additional topographical details. Map is hand colored in pink, green, yellow and blue pastels to define national and regional boundaries. Surrounded by Colton's typical spiral motif border. Dated and copyrighted to J. H. Colton, 1855. Published from Colton's 172 William Street Office in New York City. Issued as page no. 18 in volume 2 of Colton's 1856 Atlas of the World.
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