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[Atlas antiquus Danvillianus conspectus tabularum geographicarum].
In-folio (59 x 43,5 cm); red half-chagrin (binding slightly rubbed). Very rare foxing.
Composite atlas gathering 16 maps by d'Anville, of which 8 are engraved on double page. Among them, 9 are from his atlas of the ancient world, the Atlas antiquus Danvillianus conspectus tabularum geographicarum, of which 7 engraved on double page and 4 with the limits finely colored at the time.
There is a description of the Ancient World with Europe, Asia and Africa represented, Ancient Rome in two maps, with the western and eastern parts, Gaul, Greece, Asia Minor and Syria, Palestine, Euphrates and Tigris, India, Egypt... 3 maps of smaller format but printed on very large paper are taken from his Mémoire de l'Académie Des Belles Lettres. With a very rare map by d'Anville on Greece dated 1712, with text on both sides. Without the title. Some maps dated between 1712 and 1765.
List of maps : I. Orbis veteribus notus (1763). - II. Orbis Romani pars orientalis (1764). - III. Orbis Romani pars occidentalis (1763). - IV. Gallia (1760). - V. Italia (1764). VI. Graecia (1762). - VII. Asia Minor and Syria (1764). - VIII. Aegyptus (1765) b&w. - IX. India (1765). - X. Reduced map of the South Sea (1736). - XI. For the Memoir of Mr. d'Anville on the Roman Mile (for the Ac. Des Belles-Lettres). - XII. Places of sunrise and sunset. - XIII. Graecia vetus (1712). - XIV. Viarum Romanarum in circuitu Romae (for the Memoir of the Ac. Des Belles Lettres). - XV. For the Egyptian Schene (for the Memoir of the Ac. Des Belles Lettres). - XVI. Map of a part of the course of the Loire (1734).
Jean-Baptiste Bourguignon d'Anville (1697-1782) was one of the prominent cartographers of the of the 18th century. His career started early at the age of 15. In 1719, he became the ordinary geographer of the king. Author of numerous maps, he was famous accuracy and reliability, since he always left blank spaces in his maps when knowledge about a specific region was insufficient. He assembled an important collection bought by Louis XVI in 1779. This collection is now preserved in the Department of Maps and Plans of the National Library of France since 1924.