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Publisher: ANVILLE (Jean Baptiste Bourguignon d'
Title: Atlas in elephant folio.
Published: Paris, 1771-1780

Size: 22.8 x 14.6 inches.
58.0 x 37.0 cm.
Colouring: In original o/l colours.
Condition:  Large folio, half calf binding, used. 62 pages multisheet maps, actual map sheet count is 37. Good condition inside the book block.
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Most of D'Anville's atlases were made up for the individual customer, so it appears that no two are alike. Many of the 70 pages are multisheet maps, so the actual map sheet count is 43. This set is accompanied by 4 unnumbered maps, a 4pp. "Mémoire instructif. . . En Mars MDCCXXXII D'Anville, Geographe ordinaire du Roy. Permis d'imprimer ce 21 Mars 1732, Herault" and 4pp. "Mémoire instructif. . ." in pen and brown ink.
The maps numbered 1-39 in ms, plus 4 unnumbered maps.

D'Anville's maps have a clarity and directness that is very "modern." He read widely, and incorporated the best available geographic knowledge into his work. The English and others copied from his maps extensively.
One of the most celebrated of French geographers » (Tooley, Maps and map makers, p. 43).

D'Anville is very important for Korean cartography as he made the cartography of Korea widely available. Jean-Baptiste Regis (1664-1738), produced a map that came out in the Kangxi atlas and was used and edited by d'Anville and published in 1735 in du Halde (description de la Chine) and as "Royaume de Coree" (atlas de la Chine 1737). Despite the broadening of the southern part of the peninsula, this map was in the main accurate and was widely copied in the next 150 years (McCune 1977). We will call this shape AND the mentioning of Quelpaert AND Fung-ma as two separate islands the Anville type.

Jean Baptiste Bourguignon d'Anville (1697-1782) engraved his first map at the age of fifteen and produced many maps of high quality throughout his career. He became the finest cartographer of his time and carried on the French school of cartography developed by the Sanson and the de L'Isle families. Although he apparently never left the city of Paris, he had access to the reports and maps of French explorers, traders, and missionaries. During his long career he accumulated a large collection of cartographic materials that has been preserved. He was particularly interested in Asia and produced the first reasonably accurate map of China in 1735. He became Royal Geographer and Cartographer to the King of France in the middle of the eighteenth century, at a time when French cartography was still considered to be the best in the world. He was the successor to Guillaume Delisle as the chief proponent of scientific cartography, and his influence on his contemporaries was profound. D'Anville was the finest cartographer of his time, "his attention to detail was exemplary, his maps having a great delicacy of engraving" (Tooley).

In his Tartariae Sinensis which was first printed in 1732, d'Anville showed Korea fairly accurate, though it becomes clear that he had used Korean sources for the first time.




The maps are copper engravings with original out line colour, most are double page, some folding, multi sheet maps. The maps are engraved by Gravelot.
The atlas contains the following maps :
Orbis veteribus notus. - Orbis romani pars occidentalis. - Orbis romani pars orientalis. - Gallia antiqua. - Tabula Italiæ antiquæ geographica. - Græciæ antiquæ specimen geographicum. - Asiæ, quæ vulgo minor dicitur, et Syriæ tabula geographica. - La Palestine. - Ad antiquam Indiæ geographiam tabula. - Ægyptus antiqua. - Germanie, France, Italie, Espagne, Isles britanniques dans un âge intermédiaire de l'ancienne géographie et de la moderne. - Hémisphère oriental ou de l'Ancien Monde.
- Hémisphère occidental ou du Nouveau Monde. - Première partie de la carte d'Europe contenant la France, l'Alemagne, l'Italie, l'Espagne & les isles britanniqs (2 planches à assembler). - Seconde partie de la carte d'Europe contenant le Danemark et la Norwège, la Suède et la Russie (2 planches à assembler). - Troisième partie de la carte d'Europe contenant le Midi de la Russie, la Pologne et la Hongrie, la Turquie (2 planches à assembler). - La France divisée en provinces et en généralités (2 tirages de la même carte avec mise en couleurs différente). - L'Italie (2 planches à assembler). - Les Côtes de la Grèce et l'archipel.
- Première partie de la carte d'Asie contenant la Turquie, l'Arabie, la Perse, l'Inde en deça du Gange et de la Tartarie (2 planches à assembler). - Seconde partie de la carte d'Asie contenant la Chine et partie de la Tartarie, l'Inde au-delà du Gange, les Isles Sumatra, Java, Bornéo, Moluques, Philippines, et du Japon (2 planches à assembler). - Troisième partie de la carte d'Asie, contenant la Sibérie, et quelques autres parties de la Tartarie (2 planches à assembler). - Carte de l'Inde dressée pour la Compagnie des Indes (4 planches à assembler, ici déjà collées en 2 parties). - Coromandel (2 planches à assembler). - Golfe persique. - Essai d'une nouvelle carte de la mer Caspienne. - Carte de la Phœnicie et des environs de Damas. - L'Euphrate et le Tigre. - Golfe Arabique ou mer Rouge.
- Afrique (4 planches à assembler, ici déjà collées en 2 parties). - Égypte nommée dans le pays Missir. - Carte particulière de la côte occidentale de l'Afrique depuis le cap Blanc usqu'au cap de Verga, et du cours des rivières de Sénéga et de Gambie […] dressée pour la Compagnie des Indes (2 planches à assaembler). - Guinée entre Sierre-Lione et le passage de la ligne.
- Amérique septentrionale (4 planches, ici déjà collées en 2 parties). - Canada, Louisiane et terres angloises (4 planches, dont une intitulée Le Fleuve Saint-Laurent). - Carte de la Louisiane (2 planches assemblées). - Amérique méridionale (3 planches à assembler).
Bound with:
une planche double avec schéma circulaire gravé et légendes destinée à faire des relevés topographiques. - Carte topographique du diocèse de Lizieux. - Position des points discutés dans l'analyse géographique de l'Italie par le sr d'Anville. - Parallèle du contour de l'Italie selon les cartes de MM. De l'Isle et Sanson, et celle qui résulte de l'Analyse géographique de ce continent par le s. d'Anville.
- Printed letter press by d'Anville, Mémoire instructif pour que dans toutes les paroisses d'un diocèse, il soit dressé en même-tems & uniformément, par une méthode aisée à pratiquer, des cartes & des mémoires particuliers, qui puissent fournir un détail suffisant pour la carte générale de ce diocèse ou d'une province. A Paris, chez Louis-Denis Delatour, 1732. 4 pp. in-folio.
- Manuscript in brown ink Mémoire instructif pour faire la carte (de d'Anville). No date. 4 pp. in-4.



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