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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

  • 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

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 information:

Year of creation: 
Resolution size (pixels): 
 2948x2822 px
Disk Size: 
 2.50661MiB
Number of pages: 
 1
Place: 
 Paris

Print information. Print size (Width x height in inches):
Printing at 72 dpi 
  40.94 х 39.19
Printing at 150 dpi 
 19.65 х 18.81
Printing at 300 dpi 
 9.83 х 9.41

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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

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 Islands.

The map mentions a number of trading centers along the Silk Road, including Samarkand, Bukhara, Lop Nor, and others.

A very large, uncolored, title cartouche takes up the entire Arabian Sea and incorporates four Asian figures including stylized Christian, Muslim Zoroastrian, and Buddhist elements.

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.


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Year of creation:
Size:
2948x2822 px
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2.50661MiB
Number of pages:
1
Place:
Paris
Author:
Jean-Baptiste Bourguignon d'Anville.
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