Coins from the Cabinet of the King of France.
1786 (undated) 9.5 x 6 in (24.13 x 15.24 cm)
This is a fine example of the 1786 Barbie du Bocage chart of Ancient Greek Coins. The chart includes the illustrations of four coins. The first is the coin of Athens, in which appears the Grotto of Pan, a staircase leading to the Citadel, and some monuments consecrated to Minerva. The second is the coin of Arcadia, which depicts the god Pan seated on Mount Olympus, the name of which is indicated by the letters OAYM. The third is the coin of Cnidus, the Venus of Praxiteles. The fourth coin is the Coin of Samos depicting the temple and the Statue of Zeus. This chart was prepared by M. Barbie de Bocage in 1786 for the Travels of Anarcharsis.
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., Recueil de Cartes Geographiques Plans, Vues, et Medailles de l'Ancienne Grece, Reelatifs au Voyage du Jeune Anacharsis., (Paris, Chez Sanson et Compagnie), 1791.
Very good. Original platemark visible. Original centerfold. Minor verso repair over centerfold. Blank on verso.