Jean-Baptiste Bourguignon d'Anville

Jean-Baptiste Bourguignon d'Anville

Jean-Baptiste Bourguignon d’Anville (1697-1782) was one of the foremost French geographers of the eighteenth century. He carried out rigorous research in order to create his maps, which greatly developed the technical proficiency of mapmaking during his lifetime. His style was also simpler and less ornate than that of many of his predecessors. It was widely adopted by his contemporaries and successors.

The son of a tailor, d’Anville showed cartographic prowess from a young age; his first map, of Ancient Greece, was published when he was only fifteen years old. By twenty-two, he was appointed as one of the King’s géographes ordinaire de roi. He tutored the young Louis XV while in the service to the Crown. However, royal appointment did not pay all the bills, so d’Anville also did some work for the Portuguese Crown from 1724. For example, he helped to fill out Dom João V’s library with geographical works and made maps showing Portugal’s African colonies.

D’Anville disapproved of merely copying features from other maps, preferring instead to return to the texts upon which those maps were based to make his own depictions. This led him to embrace blank spaces for unknown areas and to reject names which were not supported by other sources. He also amassed a large personal map library and created a network of sources that included Jesuits in China and savants in Brazil. D’Anville’s historical approach to cartography resulted in magnificently detailed, yet modern and academic, maps. For example, his 1743 map of Italy improved upon all previous maps and included a memoir laying out his research and innovations. The geographer also specialized in ancient historical geography.

In 1773, d’Anville was named premier géographe de roi. In 1780, he ceded his considerable library to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to be used for as a reference library for diplomats. D’Anville is best known for several maps, including his map of China, first published in 1735, and then included with Du Halde’s history of that country (the Hague, 1737). His map of Africa (1749) was used well into the nineteenth century.


1751 - Premiere Partie de la Carte d'Asie Contenant la Turquie, l'Arabie, la Perse, l'Inde en deca du Gange et de la Tartarie ... par le S'r d'Anville MDCCLI

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Striking 2-sheet map of the western half of Asia, published by D'Anville. Includes details from Turkey through the Black and Caspian Seas to Tibet and south to include the Arabian peninsula and all of India. Fine detail throughout including the Maldive...


1771 - [World Atlas]

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A Fine Example of D'Anville's General Atlas A complete set of D'Anville's maps as catalogued in his Cartes Geographique de M. D'Anville, in an original green binding. The atlas consists of 30 maps on 36 folding sheets, bound in a tall original binding...


1761 - Hemisphere Occidental ou du Nouveau Monde . . . [and] Hemisphere Oriental ou de L'Ancien Monde . . . MDCCLXI

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First State of An Important Enlightenment Era Mapping of the World Marvelous pair of large scale maps of the Eastern and Western Hemisphere, showing the known World on the eve of the first Voyage of Captain James Cook. The map is a fine example of...


1745 - Canada Louisiane et Terres Angloises . . . Novembre MDCCLV

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Fine example of this important early four sheet map of North America published by D'Anville. The map extends from James Bay to Florida and as far west as the Mississippi River. Portions of the map are drawn from John Mitchell's seminal map of North...


1790 - A Particular Map of the American Lakes, Rivers &c

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An Rare English Map of the United States and Louisiana Territory Rare English edition of Jean Baptiste Bourguignon D'Anville's important map of the British Colonies in North America, published shortly after the conclusion of the American Revolution...


1746 - Amerique Septentrional Publiee Sous Les Auspices De Monseigneur Le Duc D'Orleans . . . MDCCXLVI

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Nice unjoined example of D'Anville's 4 sheet map of North America, one of the best French Maps of North America prior to the French & Indian War. The map shortly after Bellin's seminal map of the Great Lakes, although the projection of Lake...


1731 - Carte de la partie de Saint-Domingue habitée par les François, dressée sur plusieurs cartes et instructions particulières singulièrement sur celles du P. Le Pers, jésuite

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Exceptional Original Color Example of this Separately-Issued Map of Saint Domingue Based on Jesuit Manuscript Sources Finely detailed map of Saint Domingue by the renowned French mapmaker Jean-Baptiste Bourguignon d’Anville. This is a...


1733 - Le Paraguay ou les RR. PP de la Compagnie de Jesus ont repandu leurs Missions . . . 1733

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Fine Example of D’Anville’s Map of Paraguay in Fine Original Color Detailed and scarcely-seen map of the Jesuit missions in central South America, based upon the observations of the Jesuit missionaries and the latest maps. This example is from a...


1729 - Carte de La Guiane Francoise ou du Gouvernement de Caienne deupis le Cap de Nord jusqu'al la Riviere de Maroni inclusivement . . . Septembre 1729

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Striking Map of French Guiana Showing Jesuit Influence in the Region Fine, old color map of French Guiana by D’Anville showing this seldom-mapped region. The map was included in a travel account by the navigator and slave ship captain the Chevalier...


1730 - Carte Particuliere du Gouvernement de Venezuela

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Striking D’Anville Map of Venezuela Fine example of D’Anville’s map of Venezuela, which features much of the northern part of what is today the country of Venezuela and the Leeward Antilles. The map shows the mountainous terrain in detail, with...


1732 - Onzieme Feuille particul de la Tartarie Chinoise qui contenant un Pays dependant de la Russie au Couchant de Niptchou

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Fine example of D'Anville's map of the region just north of Mongolia. Shows a number of rivers and a few settlements and the road from Niptchou or Nerzinskoi to Beijing, beginning in eastern part of the map. Decorative cartouche. In 1765, an...


1732 - Xe. feuille de la Tartarie Chinoise contenant le Pais de Ke-Tching l'embouchure du Saghalien- Oula dans la Mer Orientale, et la grande Isle qui est au dedans

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nFine example of D'Anville's map of the of the easternmost part of Chinese Tartary (now Sakhalin Island and Northeastern Russia). Shows roads, villages, mountains, rivers and other details. Decorative cartouche.


1735 - Carte des Isles du Japon Et des Costes de la Chine les plus voisines Avec les Terres qui en sont au Nord Decouverte et soumises par les Russiens Sous lenom de Pays Kamtschatka dont on ne connoissoit anciennement que la partie la plus prochure du Japon app

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Rare D'Anville Map of Northwest Pacific Showing the Discoveries of the First Kamchatka Expedition Fine example of this important early map of Kamchatka and Japan, showing the sea route of the First Kamchatka Expedition. It also details the fanciful...


1732 - Carte Generale De La Tartarie Chinoise Dressee sur les Cartes Particulieres Faits Sur Les Lieux Par Les R.R. P.P. Jesuites . . .

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Fine example of the rare JA Dezauche edition of D'Anville's map of the region from Japan to the Gobi Desert, centered on Mongolia and Korea, from D'Anville's Atlas of China. Includes a nice treatment of Korea, Japan and China, along with a detailed...


1732 - Province De Hou-Quang

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Fine example of D'Anville's map of the Hubei Region. Shows the source of the Yang-tse -Kiang River in Lake Tong-ting-Hou, along with the regional capital city of Wuhan (called Ou-Tchang-Fou) on this map. D'Anville's map appeared in du Halde's...