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1707. Carte de la Barbarie le la Nigritie et de la Guinée Par Guillaume De L'Isle

  • Carte de la Barbarie le la Nigritie et de la Guinée Par Guillaume De L'Isle

Carte de la Barbarie le la Nigritie et de la Guinée Par Guillaume De L'Isle information:

Year of creation: 
Resolution size (pixels): 
 15623x12429 px
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 43.5897MiB
Number of pages: 
 1
Place: 
 Paris
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Printing at 72 dpi 
  216.99 х 172.63
Printing at 150 dpi 
 104.15 х 82.86
Printing at 300 dpi 
 52.08 х 41.43

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Carte de la Barbarie le la Nigritie et de la Guinée Par Guillaume De L'Isle

Detailed map of Northwestern Africa, published by Guillaume De L'Isle, the French Royal Mapmaker.

Extends from the Kingdom of Tripoli and the Mediterranean to the Gulf of Guinea and the Gabon River, with remarkable detail throughout. Includes the Canary Islands, Madeira and the Cape Verdes.

One of the most detailed and scientifically accurate maps of the region published at the beginning of the 18th Century.

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.


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Year of creation:
Size:
15623x12429 px
Disk:
43.5897MiB
Number of pages:
1
Place:
Paris
Author:
Guillaume De L'Isle.
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