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1846 folio Delamarche Atlas of the World - 37 double page and hand coloured map

1846 folio Delamarche Atlas of the World - 37 double page and hand coloured map

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Atlas de la Géographie Ancienne, du Moyen Age, et Moderne, adopté par le Conseil Royal.

Paris, Delamarche, successeur de Robert de Vaugondy, Géographe du Roi, 1846.

in folio (34x 25; 5 cm); 

[2] (title and table); 37 double-page maps engraved on copper; mounted on tabs: 15 concern ancient geography, 3 that of the Middle Ages, 19 modern geography. Borders and boundaries are hand coloured. 

Contemporary binding in half brown sheepskin, flat spine, period paper label on the front cover. 

Charles-François Delamarche (August 1740 - October 31, 1817) founded the important and prolific Paris based Maison Delamarche map publishing firm in the late 18th century. A lawyer by trade, Delamarche entered the map business with the 1787 acquisition from Jean-Baptiste Fortin of Robert de Vaugondy's map plates and copyrights. Delamarche appears to have been of dubious moral character. In 1795 the widow of Didier Robert de Vaugondy, Marie Louise Rosalie Dangy, petitioned a public committee for 1500 livres, which should have been awarded to her deceased husband. However, Delamarche, proclaiming himself Vaugondy's heir, filed a simultaneous petition and walked away with the funds, most of which he was instructed to distribute to Robert de Vaugondy's widow and children. Just a few months later, however, Delamarche proclaimed Marie Dangy deceased and it is highly unlikely that any funds found their way to Robert de Vaugondy's impoverished daughters. Nonetheless, where Robert de Vaugondy could barely make ends meet as a geographer, Delamarche prospered as a map publisher, acquiring most of the work of earlier generation cartographers Lattre, Bonne, Desnos, and Janvier, thus expanding significantly upon the Robert de Vaugondy stock. Charles Delamarche eventually passed control of the firm to his son Felix Delamarche (c. 1750 - c. 1850) and geographer Charles Dien (1809 - 1870). It was later passed on to Alexandre Delamarche, who revised and reissued several Delamarche publications in the mid-19th century. The firm continued to publish maps and globes until the middle part of the 19th century.

Binding a little used, corners rubbed. Stain to rear cover. Minor spotting. A few maps with very minor tears along edge of fold (not into plate). Map of France soiled and with pencil scribbles over German map.

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