1854 (undated) 13 x 10 in (33.02 x 25.4 cm)
An uncommon and attractive 1852 map of Asia by J. G. Barbie du Bocage. Covers from the Arabian Peninsula and Turkey eastward as far as Kamchatka, Japan, the Philippines and New Guinea. Shows Arabia, Persia (Iran), Hindostan (India), the Chinese empire (including Tibet), the Russian empire, Turkey (in europe and Asia), Beloochistan, Afghanistan, Indochina (Burma, Thailand, Vietnam), Malaysia, Japan, etc. Throughout, the map identifies various cities, towns, rivers and assortment of additional topographical details. As this map was drawn, Imperial China wilted under the weak Qing Dynasty while the Russian attained the height of its pan-continental expansion. Turkey and the Middle east were under Ottoman rule. The map features a beautiful frame style border. Prepared by A. Vuillemin for publication as plate no. 19 in the 1852 Maison Basset edition of Atlas Illustre Destine a l'enseignement de la Geographie elementaire.
Jean Denis Barbie du Bocage (1760 - 1825) and his son Jean-Guillaume Barbie du Bocage (1795 - 1848) were French cartographers and cosmographers active in Paris during late 18th and early 19th centuries. The elder Barbie du Bocage, Jean Denis, was trained as a cartographer and engraver in the workshops of mapmaking legend J. B. B. d'Anville. At some point Jean Denis held the post of Royal Librarian of France and it was through is associations with d'Anville that the d'Anville collection of nearly 9000 maps was acquired by French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The younger Barbie du Bocage, Jean-Guillaume, acquired a position shortly afterwards at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and, in time, became its head, with the title of Geographe du Ministere des Affaires Etrangeres.
Barbie du Bocage, J. D., Atlas Illustre Destine a l'Enseignement de la Geographie Elementaire, (Paris: Maison Basset) 1852.
Very good. Blank on verso. Map exhibits some soiling and toning, especially to margins.