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David Rumsey Historical Map Collection
Lisle, Guillaume de, 1675-1726
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Alexandri Magni Imperium et Expeditio.
Guillaume DeLisle, Quai de l'Horloge
Atlas Map
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Engraved map on two sheets in outline color. Relief shown pictorially. Mounted together as 1 sheet. Includes note in upper left "Montium." "Cum Privilegio Regis."
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Eastern Hemisphere
Greece; Turkey
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Alexandri Magni Imperium et Expeditio. Tabula conspectu. exhibens Regionum omnium quas Alexander, Dario & Regibus Indorum bellum illaturas peragravit, hodiernis locoru. nominib. illustrata. In usum studiorum Christianissimi Francorum Regis elaborata, a Guillelmo Delisle Primario Suae Majestatis Christianissimae Geographo ac Regiae Scientiaru. Academiae Socio. Opus posthumum editum anno MDCCXXXI. Parisiis, apud Viduam Autoris in Ripa vulgo dicta le Quay de l'Horloge.
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Lisle, Guillaume de, 1675-1726
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(Atlas de Geographie)
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cf P533, 535; Tooley, Mapping of America p.1-28.; Martin & Martin, 14 & 19; Wheat 99; Cumming 170.
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DeLisle is important as the first "scientific" cartographer who incorporated the most current information on exploration and topography into his maps. His maps of America contain many innovations: discarding the fallacy of California as an island, first naming of Texas, first correct delineation of the Mississippi Valley, and first correct longitudes of America. Lloyd Brown states that DeLisle "undertook a complete reform of a system of geography that had been in force since the second century, and by the time he was twenty five he had very nearly accomplished his purpose." This copy is without title page, as issued. This is a relatively early edition of DeLisle's untitled atlas, published in Paris, with most of the maps having the "Quai de l'Horloge" imprint. All of the important maps of the Americas are present: Hemisphere Occidental, 1st issue 1724; Carte d'Amerique, 1st issue, 2nd state 1722; L'Amerique Septentrionale, 2nd issue 1700-1708 ; L'Amerique Meridionale, 3rd issue 1700-1708; Carte du Canada, 2nd issue 1703-1708; Carte de la Louisiane, 1st issue, 2nd state with New Orleans 1718; Carte du Mexique et de la Floride, 2nd issue 1703-1708; Carte de l'Isle de Saint Dominque, 1st issue 1725; Carte des Antilles, 1st issue 1717; Carte de la Terre Ferme du Peru, du Brazil, 2nd issue 1703-1708; and Carte du Paraguay du Chili, 2nd issue 1703-1708. Only two of the ninety four maps were issued after De l'Isle's death in 1826: "Carte du... Senegal... Ouvrage Posthume... Par... La Veuve Delisle 1826" and "Alexandri Magni Imperium...Opus Posthumum...1731." Early Paris editions (ie before Buache became publisher in 1732) of DeLisle's atlas with the full 94 maps are scarce - the LOC has none.
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World Atlas
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Rumsey Collection
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Copyright 2000
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