Carte de l'Archipel pour servir a l'Histoire de la Grece.
1782 (undated) 9 x 13.5 in (22.86 x 34.29 cm)
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This is a scarce 1782 Jean- Baptiste-Claude Delisle de Sales Map of Greece and the Greek Archipelago. The map covers southern Greece, the Greek Isles and Crete from the Macedonia and the boot of Italy to Asia Minor and south as far as Crete. It includes the Peloponnese, Rhodes, the Cyclades, the Sporades, the Ionian Islands, the Aegean Islands and several other Greek Islands. Throughout, the map notes several important Greek cities, including Thebes, Delphi, Corinth, Sparta, along with rivers, beautifully rendered mountains and other topography. This map was issued as part of Delisle de Sales' Histoire des Hommes. Partie de l'Histoire Moderne. This volume is exceedingly rare as most of Sales' work was burnt under the censorship of heresy.
Jean-Baptiste-Claude Delisle de Sales or Jean-Baptiste Isoard de Lisle (1741–1816) was a French philosopher, historian, and accused heretic active in the late 18th century. Sales is best known for his publication of the multi-volume opus The Philosophy of Nature: Treatise on Human Moral Nature. The work, among other ideas, challenged the Biblical theory that the earth was created in 4004 BC. Instead, Sales put forth the theory based upon astronomical observations, that the earth was 140,000 years old. Sales' revolutionary ideas caused him to be declared a heretic by the Catholic Church. His publications were subsequently censored and, for the most part, destroyed. As a consequence all of his works are today extremely rare. Sales was also, notably, a close friend of Voltaire who in 1777 visited him in prison, gifting him 500 pounds towards his release. Delisle de Sales is unrelated to the more famous De L'Isle family of cartographers.
Delisle de Sales, Histoire des Hommes. Partie de l'Histoire Moderne, (Paris) 1782.
Very good. Minor wear along original fold lines. Original platemark visible. Minor offsetting. Verso repair over minor worm holes in lower quadrants. Blank on verso.