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1785 Bocage Map or Plan of the Battle of Salamis, Ancient Greece


Plan du Combat de Salamine Pour le Voyage du Jeune Anacharsis.
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Title:    Plan du Combat de Salamine Pour le Voyage du Jeune Anacharsis.

Description:    This is a fascinating 1785 map of the naval Battle of Salamis fought between the Greeks and the Persians. The map depicts the 480 BC Battle of Salamis, one of the most important conflicts in ancient Greek history. According to the historian Herodotus, the Greek victory at the naval battle of Salamis, in conjunction with another victory at the land battle of Plataea, marked the end of the first Greco-Persian War. The map contains a legend in the lower left quadrant of the map depicting the vessels of the Greeks and the Persians, the Greek troops and the troops of Xerxes. Prepared by M. Barbie de Bocage in 1785 to illustrate the Travels of Anacharsis.

Anacharsis was a Scythian philosopher who travelled from his homeland on the northern shores of the Black Sea to Athens in the early 6th century BCe. Apparently he made a great impression on the Greeks, who considered him a forthright, outspoken 'barbarian. He is considered a forerunner of the Cynics.


Date:    1785 (dated)

Source:    Barbie du Bocage, J. D., Recueil de Cartes Geographiques Plans, Vues, et Medailles de l'Ancienne Grece, Reelatifs au Voyage du Jeune Anacharsis., (Paris, Chez Sanson et Compagnie), 1791.    

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 16 x 9 inches (40.64 x 22.86 centimeters)

Condition:    Very good. Original platemark visible. Original fold lines visible. Blank on verso. Dark clean impression.

Code:   SalamineBattle-bocage-1791 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)


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