1852 Dufour Map of Europe at the end of the 10th Century

Europe a la fin du X.me Siecle.

1852 Dufour Map of Europe at the end of the 10th Century


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Europe a la fin du X.me Siecle.
  1860 (undated)    10 x 13 in (25.4 x 33.02 cm)


An uncommon and extremely attractive 1852 map of europe at the end of the tenth Century. The map covers europe and parts of Asia as they appeared in the Middle Ages – roughly 900 A.D. An inset map in the top right corner details France under Hugues Capet or Hugh the Great, c. 987-997. Throughout, the map identifies various cities, towns, rivers and assortment of additional topographical details. The map features a beautiful frame style border. Prepared by A. H. Dufour for publication as plate no. 47 in Maison Basset's 1852 edition of Atlas Illustre Destine a l'enseignement de la Geographie elementaire.


Adolphe Hippolyte Dufour (1795 - 1865), also known as Auguste-Henri Dufour, was a Paris based map and atlas publisher active in the middle to late 19th century. Dufour claimed to be a student of another French cartographer, Emile Lapie. He is known to have worked with numerous other cartographers, publishers and engravers of the period including Charles Dyonnet and Duvotenay. His corpus includes numerous maps and atlases, the most striking of which is probably his monumental elephant folio Atlas Universel physique, historique et politique geographie ancienne et moderne. Dufour's student and successor was Alexandre Vuillemin.

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., Atlas Illustre Destine a l'Enseignement de la Geographie Elementaire, (Paris: Maison Basset) 1852.    


Very good. Blank on verso. Minor foxing throughout.