Bocage's Map of Thessaly in Ancient Greece (the home of Achilles.
1788 8 x 12 in (20.32 x 30.48 cm)
This lovely little map of Thessaly, just south of Macedonia in Ancient Greece, was prepared by M. Barbie de Bocage in 1786 for the 'Travels of Anarcharsis.' Taken from the early D'Anville map. Thessaly is the legendary seat of Phthiotis, home of Achilles and his Myrmidons, who were so prominently featured in the Illiad. Achilles's father King Peleus, ruled this region. There is also a curious theory that the people of Thessaly were blond, drawn from Homer's reference to Achillies.
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.
Fine or Perfect condition.