DE L'ISLE, Guillaume (1675-1726/ Cóvens & Mortier
[Burgundy] Partie Septrionale Du Duche De Bourgogne Par Guillaume Del 'Isle de l' Academie Royale des Sciences.[and] Partie Meridonale du Duche de Bourgogne
Amsterdam: Cóvens & Mortier, 1742. Engraved with period outline colour. Discolouration at center fold. Collection stamp on verso. Image size (including text): 19 1/2 x 25 inches. Sheet size: 21 1/2 x 26 inches.
A handsome, two sheet map of Burgundy
This pair of maps of the ancient kingdom of Burgundy comes from a Dutch edition of De L'Isle's work entitled, Atlas Nouveau, Contenant Toutes Les Parties Du Monde, Ou sont exactement Remarquées les Empires, Monarchies, Royaumes, Etats, Republiques &c. Par Guillaume de l'Isle. Premier Géographe de sa Majesté. It was published by Covens and Mortier, brothers-in-law who continued the firm established by Pierre Mortier.
Guillaume de l'Isle (1675-1726) was son of a cartographer and a pupil of Jean Dominique Cassini, who among other important contributions, aligned the study of astronomy to the study of geography. Under Cassini's direction, observations were made from locations all over the world that enabled longitudinal calculations to be made with much greater accuracy. De l'Isle carried on this exacting work with remarkable dedication and integrity, constantly revising and improving his maps. While precision was his primary goal, his maps are invariably elegant and attractive.
This pair of maps of Burgundy shows the province in great detail, the hills and trees giving the whole an inviting character. The maps together cover the region from Troyes in the north to Beaujolais in the south.
Koeman, C & M 7, #31.