1852 Bocage Map of South America
Description: An uncommon and extremely attractive 1852 map of South America. Covers the entire continent from the Caribbean Sea to Tierra del Fuego. It shows the Republic of New Granada, ecuador, Venezuela, British, Dutch and French Guyana, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Patagonia, Republic of La Plata (Argentina) and Buenos Aires and the Falkland Islands. Throughout, the map identifies various cities, towns, rivers and assortment of additional topographical details. Much of South America was, at this time, embroiled in or about to become embroiled in, severe civil strife. The new nations, freed from Spanish dominance though various wars of liberation in the previous decades, were struggling with their newfound independence in an attempt create stable and prosperous governments. Most dissolved into civil war between 1858 and 1864. The map features a beautiful frame style border. Prepared by J. G. Barbie du Bocage for publication as plate no. 33 in Maison Basset's 1852 edition of Atlas Illustre Destine a l'enseignement de la Geographie elementaire.
Date: 1852 (undated)
Source: Barbie du Bocage, J. D., Atlas Illustre Destine a l'Enseignement de la Geographie Elementaire, (Paris: Maison Basset) 1852.
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 10 x 13 inches (25.4 x 33.02 centimeters)
Condition: Very good. Blank on verso. Minor foxing throughout.
Code: SouthAmerica-bocage-1852 (to order by phone call: 646-483-0487)