America According to New Geographical Observations, 1787
In 1717 a young Armenian Catholic priest, Mekhitar Sebastatsi (Mekhitar of Sebastia [present-day Sivas, in Turkey], 1676–1749) founded a Benedictine Armenian Catholic monastery on the island of San Lazzaro in Venice. Mekhitar wrote and published several works that became sources of inspiration and intellectual renewal throughout the centuries that followed. The monastery became a center for Armenian learning and publishing. Among the many works published by the Mekhitarist fathers of San Lazzaro were maps and geographical studies. This map of the Americas is part of a set of four continental maps by Elia Endasian produced at the San Lazzaro press in 1786–87. The cartography is largely based on earlier works by Italian mapmakers, but the place-names and the map legends are in Armenian.
Monastery of San Lazzaro, Venice
Title in Original Language
Ամերիկա ըստ նոր աշխարհագրական զննութեանց փոռագրեալ ի Վենետիկ ի Վանս Սրբոյն Ղազարու ի թուիս մերում
Type of Item
1 map : hand colored ; 46 x 63 centimeters
- Relief shown pictorially.
Last updated: February 18, 2015