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Russia by G. Delisle, published by J.B. Elwe. 1792

Jan Barend Elwe (florished 1785-1809)

The Amsterdam bookseller and publisher, J.B. Elwe, was probably of foreign origin. His activities in the book trade date back to 1785, a date found on an atlas.

 


Guillaume Delisle (Paris, 1675 – 1726)

Guillaume Delisle (de L’Isle), one of the key figures in the development of French cartography, is the son of Claude Delisle, a cartographer, and the half-brother of astronomers Joseph-Nicolas Delisle and Louis de l'Isle de la Croyère.

While his father has to be given credit for educating Guillaume, the boy showed early signs of being an exceptional talent. He soon contributed to the family workshop by drawing maps for his father's historical works. To perfect his skills, Guillaume Delisle became the student of the astronomer Jean-Dominique Cassini. Early on, he produced high-quality maps, the first being his Carte de la Nouvelle-France et des Pays Voisins in 1696. Delisle's first atlas appeared around 1700, and in 1702 he became a member of the French Académie Royale des Sciences. He taught geography to the young Louis XV, and in 1718 he received the title of Premier Géographe du Roi. On a commission from Peter the Great, he produced a map of the Caspian Sea, a region barely known. Many of the place names he gave are still in use. His Carte de la Louisiane et du cours du Mississippi (1718) is the first detailed map of this region.

A six-year-long plagiarism trial pits Delisle against Jean-Baptiste Nolin, cartographer. It is Nolin, the real plagiarist, who loses.

Delisle has remained famous for his astronomical-based corrections and the completeness of its topography. The high scientific quality of the work produced by the Delisle family contrasted with the workshop of Sanson. While Sanson knowingly published outdated facts and mistakes, Delisle constantly updated his maps to reflect widening knowledge of the world.

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Carte Nouvelle de Moscovie Represente la partie Septentrionale. [In set with:] Partie Meridionale de Moscovie.

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Russia by G. Delisle, published by J.B. Elwe.

Two maps.

Title: Carte Nouvelle de Moscovie Represente la partie Septentrionale. [In set with:] Partie Meridionale de Moscovie.
Dressée par G. De L'Isle
Rectifié & Augmenté a Amsterdam, Ches Ian B. Elwe. MDCCXCII.

Cartographer: Guillaume Delisle.

Date: 1792.
Date on map: 1792.

Two copper engravings, printed on paper, not jpoined.
Image size each: 410 x 550mm (16.14 x 21.65 inches).
Sheet size each: 480 x 605mm (18.9 x 23.82 inches).
Verso: Blank.
Condition: Original coloured, excellent.
Condition Rating: A+.

From: Atlas. Amsterdam, J.B. Elwe, 1792. (Koeman, II, El2)

Jan Barend Elwe (florished 1785-1809)

The Amsterdam bookseller and publisher, J.B. Elwe, was probably of foreign origin. His activities in the book trade date back to 1785, a date found on an atlas.

 


Guillaume Delisle (Paris, 1675 – 1726)

Guillaume Delisle (de L’Isle), one of the key figures in the development of French cartography, is the son of Claude Delisle, a cartographer, and the half-brother of astronomers Joseph-Nicolas Delisle and Louis de l'Isle de la Croyère.

While his father has to be given credit for educating Guillaume, the boy showed early signs of being an exceptional talent. He soon contributed to the family workshop by drawing maps for his father's historical works. To perfect his skills, Guillaume Delisle became the student of the astronomer Jean-Dominique Cassini. Early on, he produced high-quality maps, the first being his Carte de la Nouvelle-France et des Pays Voisins in 1696. Delisle's first atlas appeared around 1700, and in 1702 he became a member of the French Académie Royale des Sciences. He taught geography to the young Louis XV, and in 1718 he received the title of Premier Géographe du Roi. On a commission from Peter the Great, he produced a map of the Caspian Sea, a region barely known. Many of the place names he gave are still in use. His Carte de la Louisiane et du cours du Mississippi (1718) is the first detailed map of this region.

A six-year-long plagiarism trial pits Delisle against Jean-Baptiste Nolin, cartographer. It is Nolin, the real plagiarist, who loses.

Delisle has remained famous for his astronomical-based corrections and the completeness of its topography. The high scientific quality of the work produced by the Delisle family contrasted with the workshop of Sanson. While Sanson knowingly published outdated facts and mistakes, Delisle constantly updated his maps to reflect widening knowledge of the world.

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