1706 De La Feuille Map of Europe

Europe-lafeuille-1706
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Europa Selon les Auth. les plus Modernes.
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1706 De La Feuille Map of Europe

Europe-lafeuille-1706


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Title


Europa Selon les Auth. les plus Modernes.
  1706    6 x 8 in (15.24 x 20.32 cm)

Description


A very scarce, c. 1706, example of a map of Europe first issued by Daniel de La Feuille in 1702. Features the continent of Europe as far west as Greenland (Groenlande) and as far east as the Black Sea and Asia Minor. Extends north to include Lapland and the norther extreme of Norway. Extends south past the straits of Gibraltar to includes parts of Algeria and Cyprus and Syria. Bounded on either side by twenty armorial shields of various European Powers. The curious allegorical title cartouche in the upper right eft quadrant features the goddess Europa riding Zeus in his aspect as an aquatic bull.. This map was originally prepared for inclusion as chart no. 3 in the 1706 edition of De la Feuille's Atlas Portatif.

Cartographer


Daniel de La Feuille (1640 - 1709) was born of Huguenot stock in Sedan (L'Ardennes), France. As a young man he apprenticed as a watchmaker. In 1663 La Feuille married Charlette Marlet, the daughter of a local carpenter. Twenty years later, in 1683, facing religious prosecution of Huguenots in France, the family fled to Amsterdam. By 1686 Daniel had become a burgher (citizen) of the city and established himself as an engraver, publisher, and art dealer. Not long after, in 1691, he was admitted into the Booksellers Guild. Though we are primarily concerned with his cartographic work here, his masterpiece is considered to be Devises et emblems, a collection of symbols and designs mostly likely intended as templates for silversmiths, engravers, and watchmakers. His cartographic work includes numerous individual maps and atlases, many of which continued to be published and republished well after his death in 1709. He was succeeded by his sons Jacob de la Feuille (1668 - 1719) and Paul de La Feuille (1688 - 1727).

Condition


Very Good condition. Minor discoloration along the original folds – see photo. Minor fold separation limited to wide marginal region. Original plate-mark visible. Else clean and beautiful.