1791 Bocage Map or Plan of Athens, Ancient Greece
Description: This is an attractive 1791 map of ancient Athens, Greece. Covering the walled center of ancient Athens, this map details the ancient city’s most important buildings and monuments. Names the Lyceum (Aristotle’s famous school of philosophy) and the Cynosarges (Public gymnasium) as well as the Forum, the Citadel, the Temple of Theseus, and the Areopagus. Prepared by Barbie de Bocage for publication in the atlas volume attached to Jean Jacques Barthelemy’s 1788 Travels of Anacharsis.
Anacharsis was a Scythian philosopher who travelled from his homeland on the northern shores of the Black Sea to Athens in the early 6th century BCe. Apparently he made a great impression on the Greeks, who considered him a forthright, outspoken 'barbarian. He is considered a forerunner of the Cynics.
Date: 1791 (undated)
Source: Barbie du Bocage, J. D., Recueil de Cartes Geographiques Plans, Vues, et Medailles de l'Ancienne Grece, Reelatifs au Voyage du Jeune Anacharsis., (Paris, Chez Sanson et Compagnie), 1791.
Cartographer: 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. Click here for a list of rare maps by the Barbie du Bocage family.
Size: Printed area measures 14 x 9 inches (35.56 x 22.86 centimeters)
Condition: Very good. Original platemark visible. Original centerfold. Blank on verso. Dark clean impression.
Code: Athens-bocage-1791 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)