An unusual and attractive 1829 map of the ancient empires of Mauritania, Carthage, and Numidia. Depicts what is today known as the Barbary Coast around 200 BC. This map illustrates a crucial turning point early in the Second Punic War. The Carthaginian Empire dominated much of the region, until Numidia, the Kingdom to the west of Carthage, allied itself with Rome in 206 BC leading the Roman conquest of the region in 201 BC. Exhibits the typical detail and scientific precision of Lapie maps. Notes various trade routes, topographical features, and Oases. Prepared as plate no. 14 for the 1829 issue of Lapie's Atlas Universel de Geographie Ancienne et Moderne.
Pierre M. Lapie (fl. 1779 - 1850) and his son Alexandre Emile Lapie (fl. 1809 - 1850) were French cartographers and engravers active in the early part of the 19th century. The Lapies were commissioned officers in the French army holding the ranks of Colonel and Capitan, respectively. Alexander enjoyed the title of "First Geographer to the King", and this title appears on several of his atlases. Both father and son were exceptional engravers and fastidious cartographers. Working separately and jointly they published four important atlases, an 1811 Atlas of the French Empire (Alexander), the 1812 Atlas Classique et Universel (Pierre), the Atlas Universel de Geographie Ancienne et Modern (joint issue), and the 1848 Atlas Militaire (Alexander). They also issued many smaller maps and independent issues. All of these are products of exceptional beauty and detail. Despite producing many beautiful maps and atlases, the work of the Lapie family remains largely underappreciated by most modern collectors and map historians. The later 19th century cartographer A. H. Dufour claimed to be a student of Lapie, though it is unclear if he was referring to the father or the son. The work of the Lapie firm, with its precise engraving and informational density, strongly influenced the mid-19th century German commercial map publishers whose maps would eventually dominate the continental market.
Lapie, P. and Lapie, A. E., Atlas Universel de Geographie Ancienne et Moderne, (1829 first edition).
Very good condition. Original pressmark visible. Wide margins. Blank on verso.
Rumsey 2174.014. Phillips (Atlases) 754 and 765.