1840 Black Map of France in Departments
Description: A fine example of Adam and Charles Black's 1840 map of France. The map covers the Kingdom of France showing its various departments. It covers from the Nord in the north to eastern Pyrenees in the south and from Finistere in the west to Upper and Lower Rhein in the east. An inset map near the lower right corner details Corsica. After 1790, the French provincial system was replaced by the department system which, it was believe, would encourage loyalty to the central government. This time in French history marked the rule of the July Monarchy, a liberal constitutional monarchy under King Louis-Philippe. The July Monarchy would last until the Revolution of 1848 which saw the establishment of the Second Republic. This map was engraved by S. Hall for issue in the 1840 edition of Black's General Atlas.
Date: 1840 (undated)
Source: Hall, Sydney, Black's General Atlas: A series of Fifty-Four Maps from the Latest and Most Authentic Sources, Engraved on Steel, In the First Style of the Art, (Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black) 1840.
References: Rumsey 2305.023 (1854 edition). Philips (atlases) 4334.
Cartographer: Charles and his uncle Adam Black of Edinburgh, Scotland, founded their publishing firm in 1807. They published a series of maps and atlases throughout the 19th century. In addition to an array of atlases, the Black firm is known for their editions of the Encyclopedia Britannica (1817 - 1826) and the first publishing of Sir Walter Scott's novels in 1854. In 1889 the A. & C. Black publishing house moved to London where it remains in operation to this day. Click here for a list of rare maps by Charles & Adam Black.
Size: Printed area measures 21 in height x 17 inches in width (53.34 x 43.18 centimeters)
Condition: Very good. Blank on verso. Original platemark visible. Original centerfold.
Code: FranceDepartments-black-1840 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)
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