Guillaume de l’Isle: Atlante Novissimo, Che Contiene Tutte Le Parti Del Mondo, Nel Quale Sono Esattamente Descritti Gl’Imperj, Le Monarchie, Stati, Repubbliche, ec., 2 vols., Venezia: Presso Giambatista Albrizzi Q. Gir. 1740/1750, vol. 1 (1740)
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Figures: Frontisppiece; Taf. 15 (double page). Carta nuova dell’Europa secondo le ultime osservazioni fatta in Amsterdam per Isaa[k] Tirion; Taf. 17 (double page). Nuova carta del Regno di Polonia Diviso nei suoi Palatinati. Secondo l’ultime osservazioni ed annotazioni fat[t]a in Amsterdam per Isa[a]k Tirion; Taf. 18 (double page). Nuova carta della Moscovia o Russia. Secondo l’ultime osservazioni fatta in Amsterdam per Isa[a]k Tirion
Atlante Novissimo is a compendium published by Venetian editor Giovanni Battista Albrizzi (1698–1777). In the first volume, a general essay on geography by ‘the father of French cartography’ Nicolas Sanson d’Abbeville (1600–1667) is followed by a collection of 44 maps, said to be created by the famous cartographer Guillaume Delisle (De l’Isle, 1675–1726) but brought out by the Dutch publisher Isaak Tirion (1705–1765). Delisle was legendary for the accuracy of his maps, which secured him membership to the French Royal Academy of Sciences at the age of 27 and his nomination as the main geographer of the King at 43. An armchair scientist, he managed to correct older maps with the help of the burgeoning science of astronomy and corrective information provided by travelers. His maps were often republished, both legally and not.
The Atlante Novissimo provides both toponyms and demonyms. Ukraine is mentioned several times between the Moscovian lands in the north and the nomadic Tatar world in the south, located at the middle Dnipro River near and around Kyiv. Maps show different variations of its spelling: Uchrania, Ucrania, Ukrania, Ukraiaia always changing the Slavic ending -ina to adapt to the Latin -nia. The original names, Oukraina or Vkrayina, literally means ‘remote area’, or ‘borderland’. [DO]