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1783 Bocage Map of the Topography of Sparta, Ancient Greece, and Environs


1783 Bocage Map of the Topography of Sparta, Ancient Greece, and Environs




Topography of Sparta, Ancient Greece and Environs.
  1783     13 x 8 in (33.02 x 20.32 cm)


This lovely little map of Sparta, in the west of Ancient Greece, was prepared by M. Barbie de Bocage in 1785 for the 'Travels of Anarcharsis.' Follows the earlier D' Anville map. Unlike its rival city Athens, Sparta left very little in terms of archeological ruins so we can only assume that much of this map is conjecture. Nonetheless, it is surprisingly detailed and does indicate important landmarks, including the Theater, the Hippodrome, and the Citadel. Also indicates the relative position of the five Tribes' camps. Measures 8 x 13 inches. M. Barbie de Bocage was a French cartographer and cosmographer in the school of D'Anville. He later became a founder of the Geography Society of Paris.


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.


Very good condition.