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1832 Lapie Map of Ancient Greece


Carte de la Grece Ancienne.
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Title:    Carte de la Grece Ancienne.

Description:    A fine first edition example of M. Lapie’s 1832 map of Ancient Greece. The map focuses on the Greece under the Roman empire, covering from the Ionian Sea to the Aegean Sean and Asia Minor and from Macedonia to the Sea of Crete and the Aegean Islands. Following the Battle of Corinth in 146 BC, the Greek peninsula came under Roman rule. The period from 31 BC and AD 180 in Greek history is described as the era of the Pax Romana. This was a period of peace and security when many Greek cities flourished, leading to cultural and economic progress. After the fall of the Western Roman empire, Greece became the center of the eastern Roman or Byzantium empire. However, following the conquest of the capital city of Constantinople, the Byzantium empire fell to the Turks in BC 1453. Greece would be under Ottoman rule for nearly 1,000 years until the Greek War of Independence in 1821.

This map was engraved by Armand Joseph Lallemand as plate no. 09 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:    1832 (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 2174.009. 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:   GreceAncienne-lapie-1829 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)


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