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Asian Continent – Copper engraving

Guillaume Delisle - 1723 (dated)

Title: Carte du Roy d’Asie, dressée pour l’Usage du Roy. Sur les memoires envoyez par le Czar al’Academie Royale des Sciences Sur cequeles Arabes nous ont laissé de plus exact des pays orientaux, Sur un grand nombre de Routiers de terre et de mer, et de Cartes manuscrites detaillées. Le tout assujeti aux observations de l’Academie et a Celles des R.R.P.P. Jesuites et autres mathematiciens. Par Guillaume Delisle, Premier Geographe de sa Majeste, de l’Academie Royale des Sciences. A Paris, chez l’Auteur sur le Quay de l’Horloge, avec Privilege, Juin 1723

Striking and highly detailed fine unusual large 1723 Guillaume de L’Isle’s copper engraved map of Asia. It covers the whole Asian continent and it extends from the baltic Sea and part of the Arctic Ocean in the north to the Indian Ocean in the south. To the west, it shows a large part of Europe (Italy, Greece, Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Finland, Sweden…) and part of Africa. The map notes cities, towns, villages, rivers, lakes, reliefs and islands. A rococo-style title cartouche and a legend complete the map

About the cartographer
Guillaume Delisle, also spelled Guillaume de l’Isle, (1675– 1726) was a French cartographer known for his popular and accurate maps of Europe and the newly explored Americas.
The De L’Isle family (also written Delisle) were, in composite, a mapmaking tour de force who redefined early 18th century European cartography. Claude De L’Isle (1644 -1720), the family patriarch, was Paris based and an historian and geographer under Nicholas Sanson. De L’Isle and his sons were proponents of the school of “positive geography” and were the ones who defined the heights of the Golden Age of French Cartography. Of his twelve sons, four, Guillaume (1675- 1726), Simon Claude (1675-1726), Joseph Nicholas and Louis (1720-1745) made significant contributions to cartography. Without a doubt Guillaume was the most remarkable member of the family. It is said that Guillaume’s skill as a cartographer was so prodigious that he drew his first map at just nine years of age.

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The map is professionally framed using high quality and acid free materials
H: 48 cm W: 63 cm (69 x 87 cm framed size)
H: 19” W: 25” ( 27 x 34 “ framed size)


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