[Strasbourg and Alsace]
1782 (undated) 13.5 x 17.25 in (34.29 x 43.815 cm)
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This is a 1782 Edme Mentelle map of Strasbourg and the wine regions surrounding regions of Alsace, Franche-Comté, and Lorraine. This region of France is known for exceptional Rieslings and highly aromatic Gewürztraminer white wines. The map depicts eastern France from the city of Nancy to the Rhine river and extreme western Germany and from the commune of Saverne to Franche-Comté. Highlighting the terrain of the region, this map emphasizes the presence of the Vosges mountains and the Rhine river. Numerous cities, towns, and villages are noted, including Nancy and Colmar. Illustrations of fortified citied include the city walls. Terrain is illustrated in profile, along with myriad trees.
This map was produced by Edme Mentelle in 1782.
Edme Mentelle (October 11, 1730 - April 28, 1816) was a French geographer and historian active in Paris during the late 18th century. Mentelle was born in Paris in 1730. He studied under the historian Jean-Baptiste Louis Crevier at the College of Beauvais before accepting a position as professor of Geology and History at the Ecole Militaire where, incidentally, he tutoring the young Napoleon Bonaparte. He remained in this position until the institution was abolished in 1792. Mentelle later worked as a private tutor and then as a professor of Geography at the Ecole Normale. From 1795 he was a member of the Institut National des Sciences et des Arts, which he helped to found. Mentelle published a number of importantly geographical works including the 1778 Geographie Comparee, the 1779 Atlas Universel, and the 1801 Cours Complet de Cosmographie, de Chronologie, de Geographie et d'Histoire. He is known to have worked with Conrad Malte-Brun, Ambrose Tardieu, Peter Simon Pallas, and other important cartographic figures of his period. Edme Mentelle is frequently erroneously confused with Francois Simon Mentelle, another French Geographer who worked with Cassini on his historic survey of France.
Very good. Original press mark visible. Blank on verso.