Alexandri Magni Imperium et Expeditiones.
1832 (dated) 11 x 17 in (27.94 x 43.18 cm)
An excellent example of Delamarche's map of the conquests of Alexander the Great. Depicts Alexander's empire at its height, extending from Macedonia eastward all the way to India and south To Egypt. Notes archaic place names, roadways, and destinations. Prepared for issued as plate no. 32 in Felix Delamarche's 1832 Atlas de La Geographie Ancienne, du moyen age, et modern…
Charles Francois Delamarche (1740-1817) founded the important and prolific Paris based Maison Delamarche map publishing firm in the late 18th century. A lawyer by trade Delamarche entered the map business with the acquisition from Jean-Baptiste Fortin of Robert de Vaugondy's map plates and copyrights. Delamarche appears to have been of dubious moral character. In 1795 the widow of Didier Robert de Vaugondy Marie Louise Rosalie Dangy, petitioned a public committee for 1500 livres, which should have been awarded to her deceased husband. However, Delamarche, proclaiming himself Vaugondy's heir, filed a simultaneous petition and walked away with the funds most of which he was instructed to distribute to Vaugondy's widow and children. Just a few months later, however, Delamarche proclaimed Marie Dangy deceased and it is highly unlikely that any these funds found their way to Vaugondy's impoverished daughters. Nonetheless, where Vaugondy could not make ends meet as a geographer, Delamarche prospered as a map publisher, acquiring most of the work of earlier generation cartographers Lattre, Bonne, Desnos, and Janvier, thus expanding significantly upon the Vaugondy stock. Charles Delamarche eventually passed control of the firm to his son Felix Delamarche (18th C. - 1st half 19th C.) and geographer Charles Dien (1809-1870). It was later passed on to Alexandre Delamarche, who revised and reissued several Delamarche publications in the mid-19th century. The firm continued to publish maps and globes until the middle part of the 19th century.
Atlas de La Geographie Ancienne, du moyen age, et moderne, adopte par le Conseil Royal de L'Instruction Publique, A l'usage desColleges Royaux et des Maisons d'Education, pour suivre les Cours de Geographie et D'Histoire… (1832 edition)
Very good condition. Original centerfold.