Carte routière et vinicole du Département de la Gironde.
1872 (dated) 38 x 29.75 in (96.52 x 75.565 cm)
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This wonderful 1872 map of the Department of the Gironde, France, is one of the few true antique wine maps. It depicts the Gironde on a grand scale with color coding according to wine region and type. This coastal department is the seat of the Bordeaux wine region and produces many of the world's finest reds. Most maps of the Gironde reference the region's rich winemaking tradition, but this map actually highlights important vineyards and wine regions as well as offering significant supplemental data regarding the types of wine produced, 'Crus' status, vines, etc. Vineyards, including Chateau d'Yquem, Chateau-Margaux, and Chateau Lafite, and hundreds of others, are identified in red.
This map was published by Feret et Files, of Bordeaux, on behalf of E. Coutaut, a Bordeaux travel agent, to accompany a treatise on the wines of Bordeaux. It was engraved by Regnier and Dourdet of 8 Passage Ste. Marie (Rue du Bac) Paris. There are several editions, although all are very scarce, from about 1855. This map is a must for the collection of any serious wine and map lover.
Good. Dissected and mounted on linen in 30 panels. Original backing linen stable but soiled. Map itself exhibits some soiling. Coming loose from linen in paces. Edging loose in places, but generally intact. A few repairs closed tears upper left quadrant.