1852 Dufour Map of Egypt and Palestine
Description: An uncommon and extremely attractive 1852 map of egypt and Palestine. Covers from Syria to ethiopia. Includes egypt, Cyprus, Arabia, Palestine and part of Syria. The title identifies Phoenicia, an ancient civilization which covered most of what is today Lebanon, Israel and Syria. Throughout, the map identifies various cities, towns, rivers and assortment of additional topographical details. This time in history marks the decline of the Ottoman empire. After the conquest of Palestine by Muhammad Aliís egypt in 1832, British intervention returned control of Palestine to the Ottoman rulers in 1840. In egypt, following the expulsion of the Napoleonic forces by the Ottoman Mamluk Turks, Muhammad Ali, the Ottoman viceroy of egypt, established the Mamluk dynasty that would rule egypt until the egyptian Revolution of 1952. Between 1820 and 1833, Ali annexed northern Sudan, Syria and parts of Arabia into the Mamluk empire. In 1848 Abbas I, his grandson, was ruler of egypt and Sudan. Abbas I, who spent most of his time in seclusion, on the insistence of the British government, was responsible for the construction of the railway from Alexandria to Cairo. The map features a beautiful frame style border. Prepared by A. H. Dufour for publication as plate no. 38 in Maison Basset's 1852 edition of Atlas Illustre Destine a l'enseignement de la Geographie elementaire.
Date: 1852 (undated)
Source: Barbie du Bocage, J. D., Atlas Illustre Destine a l'Enseignement de la Geographie Elementaire, (Paris: Maison Basset) 1852.
Cartographer: Adolphe Hippolyte Dufour (1798 - 1865), also known as Auguste-Henri Dufour, was a Paris based map and atlas publisher active in the mid to late 19th century. Dufour claimed to be a student of another French cartographer, Emile Lapie. His is known to have worked with numerous other cartographers, publishers and engravers of the period including Dyonnet and Duvotenay. His corpus includes numerous maps and atlases, the most striking of which is probably his monumental 1857 elephant folio Grand atlas Universel physique, historique et politique geographie ancienne et moderne. Click here for a list of rare maps by the A. H. Dufour.
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 10 x 13 inches (25.4 x 33.02 centimeters)
Condition: Very good. Blank on verso. Minor foxing throughout.
Code: EgyptPalestine-dufour-1852 (to order by phone call: 646-483-0487)