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1852 Dufour Map of the Roman Empire


Empire Romain.
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Title:    Empire Romain.

Description:    An uncommon and extremely attractive 1852 map of the Roman empire. The map shows the extent of the Roman empire at its height, and covers most of europe, the Middle east, Persia and parts of north Africa. Throughout, the map identifies various cities, towns, rivers and assortment of additional topographical details. The empire was established in 27 BC after Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus, the grandnephew and heir of Julius Caesar was awarded the honorific title of Augustus. During the time of the empire, Roman cities flourished. Trade spread as far as India, Russia, China and Southeast Asia. However, the sheer size of the empire and its success also contributed to its downfall. The Western Roman empire collapsed in AD 476, when Romulus Augustulus was deposed by the German Odovacer. The eastern Roman empire, evolving into the Byzantine empire, survived until the Ottoman Turks captured Constantinople in 1453. The map features a beautiful frame style border. Prepared by A. H. Dufour for publication as plate no. 41 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 13 x 10 inches (33.02 x 25.4 centimeters)

Condition:    Very good. Blank on verso. Minor foxing throughout.

Code:   EmpireRomain-dufour-1852 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)


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