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1785 Bocage Map of the City of Athens in Ancient Greece


Plan des Environs d'Athenes Pour le Voyage du Jeune Anacharsis.
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Title:    Plan des Environs d'Athenes Pour le Voyage du Jeune Anacharsis.

Description:    This lovely little map or city plan of Athens and environs in Ancient Greece was prepared by M. Barbie de Bocage, after D'Anville, for the 1785 Travels of Anacharsis. Athens, capital of the Athenian empire, was the heart of Ancient Greek culture and the quintessential Ancient Greek city state. It was here that Greek philosophy and literature as well as the concept of democracy first evolved. This plan of Athens, based on excavations and ancient sources offers impressive and accurate detail. This map additionally includes the Long Walls, build to protect merchants as they passed from Athens to the port city of Piraeus and the famous Academy of Plato.

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:    1785 (dated)

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 9 x 7 inches (22.86 x 17.78 centimeters)

Condition:    Very good. Original platemark visible. Blank on verso. Dark clean impression.

Code:   AthensPlan-bocage-1791 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)


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