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1717 De Fer Map of Paris, France


Le Plan de Paris ses Faubourgs et ses Environs.
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Title:    Le Plan de Paris ses Faubourgs et ses Environs.

Description:    A fine example of De Fer's scarce and beautiful 1717 map of Paris, France. Centered on the Seine River, the map covers from Ile aux Cygnes to Mont Louis, and from Les Porcherons to Le Gaubourg Saint-Marceau. All streets, gardens, important buildings, palaces, some topography, and estates are noted. De Fer first issued this map in 1707, and by 1720, it had been adapted by Delisle, who retitled and updated it substituting in the process his own imprint. The present example, issued in 1717, is one of the last De Fer issues of this stunning map. The map was engraved by P. Starckman for De Fer in 1717.

Date:    1717 (dated)

References:    OCLC 777474767. Boutier, J., Les Plans De Paris, 193. Vallee, Leon, Catalogue des plans de Paris et des cartes de l'ile de France, (Bibliotheque Nacionale) 829.

Cartographer:    Nicholas de Fer (1646 - 1720) was the son of cartographer Antoine de Fer. Nicholas was established as an engraver, cartographer, and map publisher in Paris. De Fer was a prolific cartographer with over 600 maps and atlases to his credit. De Fer's work, though replete with geographical errors, earned a large following because of its considerable decorative appeal. In the late 17th century, De Fer's fame culminated in his appointment as Geographe de le Dauphin, a position that offered him unprecedented access to the most up to date new cartographic information. This was a partner position to another simultaneously held by the more scientific geographer Guillaume Delisle, Premier Geograph de Roi. Despite very different cartographic approaches, Delisle and De Fer seem to have stepped carefully around one another and were rarely publicly at odds. Upon his death in 1720, Nicolas was succeeded by two of his sons-in-law, Guillaume Danet and Jacques-Francois Danet, and their heirs, who continued to publisher under the De Fer imprint until about 1760. Click here for a list of rare maps from Nicholas de Fer.

Cartographer:    P. Starckman (fl. c. 1680 - 1730) was a Hague based engraver active in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. Starkman engraved for numerous cartographers as well as on his own account, usually signing his work as P. Starkman Fecit. Most of his work focuses on the cartography of De Fer, Delisle, and Desnos. His first name is not known. Click here for a list of rare maps by P. Starckman.

Size:   Printed area measures 24.5 x 19 inches (62.23 x 48.26 centimeters)

Scale:    1 : 10000

Condition:    Very good. Some edge light centerfold wear. Blank on verso. Original platemark.

Code:   ParissesFaubourgs-defer-1717 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)

Tags:    De Fer , Starckman , Paris , City Plan

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