1852 Vuillemin Map of Turkey in Europe and Greece
Description: An uncommon and extremely attractive 1852 map of Turkey in europe and Greece by A. Vuillemin. Centered on the Aegean Sea, this map covers from Moldova to Crete and from the Adriatic to the Black Sea. Also shows part of the Austrian empire (Hungary), Turkey in Asia and Italy. Throughout, the map identifies various cities, towns, rivers and assortment of additional topographical details. This map, made when the Ottoman empire controlled much of the region, covers what is today Turkey, Greece, Bosnia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia and Albania. This map depicts the waning years of Ottoman hegemony in the region, with the Greek nationalist movement attaining independence for the Peloponnese in 1821. The Ionian Republic, under the protection of Great Britain, was also free of Ottoman control. The other Grecian and Balkan states, including Serbia, Croatia, Moldavia, Wallachia, Albania, and Macedonia, remained at least nominally under Ottoman control until 1878. The map features a beautiful frame style border. Prepared by A. Vuillemin for publication as plate no. 18 in the 1852 Maison Basset edition of Atlas Illustre Destine a l'enseignement de la Geographie elementaire.
Date: 1853 (undated)
Source: Barbie du Bocage, J. D., Atlas Illustre Destine a l'Enseignement de la Geographie Elementaire, (Paris: Maison Basset) 1852.
Cartographer: Alexandre Vuillemin (1812-1880) was a cartographer and an book editor based in Paris, France. Despite a prolific cartographic career, much of Vuillemin's life is shrouded in mystery. What is known is that his studied under the prominent French Auguste Henri Dufour (1798-1865). Vuillemin's most important work his detailed, highly decorative large format Atlas Illustre de Geographie Commerciale et Industrielle. Click here for a list of rare maps from Alexandre Vuillemin.
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 13 in height x 10 inches in width (33.02 x 25.4 centimeters)
Condition: Very good. Blank on verso. Map exhibits some soiling and toning, especially to margins.
Code: TurkeyEurope-vuillemin-1852 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)
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