1852 Charle Map of Algeria
Description: An uncommon and extremely attractive 1852 map of Algeria. The French colony of Algeria is depicted divided into the administrative districts of Oran, Alger and Constantine. The map also includes adjacent portions of Morocco in the west and Tunis in the east. Throughout, the map identifies various cities, towns, rivers and assortment of additional topographical details. After being captured by the French in 1830, Algeria became an attractive destination for european immigrants. However the majority indigenous Muslim population was dissatisfied with the political system. This dissatisfaction would ultimately trigger the Algerian War lead to Algeria's independence. The map features a beautiful frame style border. Prepared by Charle for publication as plate no. 27 in Maison Basset's 1852 edition of Atlas Illustre Destine a l'enseignement de la Geographie elementaire.
Date: 1856 (undated)
Source: Barbie du Bocage, J. D., Atlas Illustre Destine a l'Enseignement de la Geographie Elementaire, (Paris: Maison Basset) 1852.
Cartographer: Jean Baptiste-Louis Charle was a prominent French Geographer active in the early to mid 19th century. His is known to have worked with Levassuer, Lapie, and others. Despite a large corpus of work, little is known of Charle's life.Click here for a list of rare maps from Jean Baptiste-Louis Charle.
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 in height x 13 inches in width (25.4 x 33.02 centimeters)
Condition: Very good. Blank on verso. Minor foxing throughout.
Code: Algeria-charle-1852 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)
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