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1852 Bocage Map of Africa

Carte de L'Afrique dressee ET dessinee sous la Direction de Mr. J. G. Barbie du Bocage. - Main View

1852 Bocage Map of Africa



Carte de L'Afrique dressee ET dessinee sous la Direction de Mr. J. G. Barbie du Bocage.
  1852 (undated)     12.5 x 9 in (31.75 x 22.86 cm)


An uncommon and extremely attractive 1852 map of Africa by J. G. Barbie du Bocage. Shows the continent of Africa situated high on the page. Labels the costal kingdoms and colonies including Zanzibar, Biafra, Senegabia, Algeria, Maroco, Abyssinia, Nubia, the Cape Colony and Egypt. Also denotes various tribal regions including the lands of the Hottentots, The Bambara, the Behrs and others. Most of central Africa is simply labeled 'Pays Inconnu.' Part of the Antarctic continent is shown as Terre d'Enderby, referring to the Enderby brothers who owned the ship Tula that, captained by John Biscoe, discovered the territory in 1831. Enclosed in a beautiful frame style border. Prepared by J. G. Barbie du Bocage for publication as plate no. 26 in Maison Basset's 1852 edition of the Atlas Illustre.


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. More by this mapmaker...

Maison Basset (1819 - 1865) was a French publishing concern active through the mid to late 19th century. The firm can trace their roots to André Basset (or Bassett) (fl. 1768 - 1784), who starting publishing maps, prints, and books around 1768. Maison Basset, also Chez Basset, is the imprint under which the heirs of Paul-André Basset (1785 - 1819) operated after his death. From their offices at 64 Rue St. Jacques, then 33 Rue de Seine, Paris, France, Maison Basset published the works of such prominent French cartographers and engravers as Barbie du Bocage, A. Vuillemin, J. B. Charle, V. Levasseur, Tu. Duvotenay, H. Dufor, F. E. George, and others. Their library of publications is diverse and vast, but heavily focused on medical and scientific texts, including several important atlases. Learn More...


Maison Basset, Atlas Illustre, (1852 issue).    


Very good condition. Some foxing, else clean. Blank on verso.