1833 Lapie Map of Europe
Description: A fine first edition example of M. Lapie’s 1833 map of europe. The map covers all of europe from the Atlantic Ocean to the eastern edges of Siberia and Independent Tartary, and from the Arctic Ocean to northern Africa and Turkey. It includes Spain, Turkey in europe, european Russia, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, France, Portugal, Ireland, Great Britain, Scandinavia and Italy. Following the defeat of Napoleonic France and the Congress of Vienna, Lapie’s map europe under a new peaceful balance of power, centered around the five most important powers (also referred to as the five ‘Great Powers’) of the United Kingdom, France, Russia, Prussia and the Austrian empire. Alas, the ‘peace’ was but an illusion and europe was anything but calm. Old rivalries festered and nationalism, liberalism, revolution (industrial and otherwise) were on the rise across europe.
This map was engraved by Armand Joseph Lallemand as plate no. 20 in the first edition of M. Lapie’s important Atlas Universel. This map, like all maps from the Atlas Universel features an embossed stamp from the Lapie firm.
Date: 1833 (dated)
Source: Lapie, M., Atlas Universel de Geographie. Ancienne et Moderne, precede d'un Abrege de Geographic Physique et Historique…, 1829. (Rumsey identifies this as the first edition of Lapie's Atlas Universel. In all known examples, the title page is dated 1829 while the maps are dated variously to 1833 - suggesting that the first issue of this atlas was 1833, not 1829.)
References: Rumsey 2174.020. Phillips (Atlases) 754, 765.
Cartographer: Pierre M. Lapie (fl. 1779 - 1850) and his son Alexandre Emile Lapie (fl. 1809 - 1850) were French cartographers and engravers active in the early part of the 19th century. The Lapies were commissioned officers in the French army holding the ranks of Colonel and Capitan, respectively. Alexander enjoyed the title of "First Geographer to the King", and this title appears on several of his atlases. Both father and son were exceptional engravers and fastidious cartographers. Working separately and jointly they published four important atlases, an 1811 Atlas of the French Empire (Alexander), the 1812 Atlas Classique et Universel (Pierre), the Atlas Universel de Geographie Ancienne et Modern (joint issue), and the 1848 Atlas Militaire (Alexander). They also issued many smaller maps and independent issues. All of these are products of exceptional beauty and detail. Despite producing many beautiful maps and atlases, the work of the Lapie family remains largely underappreciated by most modern collectors and map historians. The later 19th century cartographer A. H. Dufour claimed to be a student of Lapie, though it is unclear if he was referring to the father or the son. The work of the Lapie firm, with its precise engraving and informational density, strongly influenced the mid-19th century German commercial map publishers whose maps would eventually dominate the continental market. Click here for a list of maps by the Lapie family.
Cartographer: Armand Joseph Lallemand (c. 1810 - 1871) was an engraver and map publisher based in Paris during the mid-19th century. Most of Lallemand's work focused on landscapes and building vies, though he did take part in a few cartographic ventures, including the production of an atlas with Alexandre Emile Lapie and several tourist pocket maps of Paris. Click here for a list of rare maps by Lallemand.
Size: Printed area measures 22 x 16.5 inches (55.88 x 41.91 centimeters)
Condition: Very good. Original platemark visible. Blank on verso. Original centerfold.
Code: Europe-lapie-1829 (to order by phone call: 646-483-0487)