Hendrick De Leth

Hendrick De Leth

Guillaume De L'Isle (1675-1726) is probably the greatest figure in French cartography. Having learned geography from his father Claude, by the age of eight or nine he could draw maps to demonstrate ancient history. He studied mathematics and astronomy under Cassini, from whom he received a superb grounding in scientific cartography—the hallmark of his work. His first atlas was published in ca. 1700. In 1702 he was elected a member of the Academie Royale des Sciences and in 1718 he became Premier Geographe du Roi.

De L'Isle's work was important as marking a transition from the maps of the Dutch school, which were highly decorative and artistically-orientated, to a more scientific approach. He reduced the importance given to the decorative elements in maps, and emphasized the scientific base on which they were constructed. His maps of the newly explored parts of the world reflect the most up-to-date information available and did not contain fanciful detail in the absence of solid information. It can be fairly said that he was truly the father of the modern school of cartography at the commercial level.

De L’Isle also played a prominent part in the recalculation of latitude and longitude, based on the most recent celestial observations. His major contribution was in collating and incorporating this latitudinal and longitudinal information in his maps, setting a new standard of accuracy, quickly followed by many of his contemporaries. Guillaume De L’Isle’s work was widely copied by other mapmakers of the period, including Chatelain, Covens & Mortier, and Albrizzi.


1730 - Hemisphere Septentrional pour voir plus distinctement Les Terres Arctiques . . .

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Fine Map of the Northern Hemisphere Rare Henri de Leth edition of Guillaume De L'Isle's map of the Northern Hemisphere, originally published by De L'Isle in 1714. The map shows the entire Northern Hemisphere. The projection has the opposite effect of...


1750 - Plan en Profil der beroemde stadt Dantzig desrselver Werders en omleggend Landen, na 't leven gemeeten en geteekent Uytgegeeven door Hendrik de Leth te Amsterdam in de Visser

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Rare plan and view of Dantzig (Gdansk) and neighboring regions, published in Amsterdam by Hendrik de Leth. Provides a final image of the town, including a coat of arms and key locating 9 places on the view. The view is quite rare, this being the...