Atlas Geographique et Militaire Ou Theatre De La Guerre Presente En Allemagne RIZZI-ZANNONI, Giovanni Antonio (1736-1814). Published by Paris: Chez Ballard, [ca 1762]., 1762

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Atlas Geographique et Militaire Ou Theatre De La Guerre Presente En Allemagne
RIZZI-ZANNONI, Giovanni Antonio (1736-1814).
Published by Paris: Chez Ballard, [ca 1762]., 1762

Small 8vo., (5 x 3 4/8 inches). Engraved title-page. 17 fine engraved double-page maps all mounted on guards and all with original hand-colour in full or outline. Contemporary red morocco, each cover finely decorated with small gilt tools, spine in six compartments with five raised bands, all edges gilt, gilt-patterned endpapers (hinges just starting at the head of the spine and extremities a little rubbed, but ATTRACTIVE). A fine and attractive little atlas with a general map hand-coloured in full showing the theatre of war in Germany from 1756-1761, with battle lines drawn from the border with France in west to Poland in the east. These battles became known as the Seven Years War (1756-1763), even though they had their origins in the French-Indian wars in North America two years earlier. The conflict began in Europe with the French siege of British Minorca and Prussia's invasion of Saxony, and ended with the Treaty of Paris in 1763. However the effect of the war was global: it ended France's position as the major colonial power in America, and consequently strengthened Britain's power there and in India. Rizzi-Zannoni was born 1736 in Naples and was renowned from an early age as one of the finest cartographers in Europe. In addition to cartography he worked as an astronomer, surveyor and mathematician. He was the first cartographer to triangulate Poland and helped also in the French and English border survey of America in 1757. While in the service of the Prussian's he was captured by the French at the Battle of Rosbach in early December 1757 and sent to France, where he lived for the next twenty years. In 1781 the Bourbon rulers of Naples made him director of the Topographical Office, one of the first governmental cartographic offices in Europe, where he oversaw the creation of the celebrated and monumental "Geographic Atlas of the Kingdom of Naples", published shortly before his death in 1812. Bookseller Inventory # 001357