Giovanni Maria Cassini

Giovanni Maria Cassini (1745 – 1824), a disciple of Giovanni Battista Piranesi, was a geographer, cartographer, and engraver working in Rome for decades between the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He is the inventor of a new method of projection, called Cassini, famously used for the geographical atlas of the kingdom of Naples in 32 sheets signed by Giovanni Antonio Rizzi Zannoni.

Cassini (not to be confused with the French family of the same name) is most famous as a maker of globes. In Nuovo Atlante Geografico Universale, the atlas in which this set of maps is found, he also published the twelve terrestrial and twelve celestial globe gores, along with rules for the construction of globes and globe gores.

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