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Details: KITCHIN, Thomas (1718-1784) & Jean Baptiste Bourguignon D'ANVILLE (1697-1782). Europe Divided into its Empires, Kingdoms, States Republics, &ca. by Thos. Kitchin...with many additions and improvements from the latest additions and improvements from the latest surveys and observations of Mr. D'Anville. London: Robert Laurie & James Whittle, 1795. Copper-engraved map, with original outline color, on a pair of two joined sheets, each sheet measuring 21 1/2 x 50 1/4", if sheets were joined would form a map measuring 41 1/8 x 50 1/4", overall in good condition.

A very fine map of Europe that evinces the talents of two of the period's greatest cartographers.

Jean Baptiste Bourguignon d'Anville was the spiritual successor to Guillaume De L'Isle in the sense that he maintained the rigorous standard for accuracy that De L'Isle had established. D'Anville was the last French mapmaker to establish an international reputation which was superior to all his contemporaries, as witnessed by the respect shown by English cartographers and publishers during an era when the two countries were often at war and always hostile to one another. Thomas Kitchin's A General Atlas...The whole being an improvement of the maps of D'Anville and Robert was published in 1790 by Robert Sayer, the present map, published in 1795, was available as a separate map, but also formed part of Kitchin's expanded A New Universal Atlas published by Laurie and Whittle in 1802.

The map includes extremely accurate geographical data allied with informative statistics in two columns of text placed on either side of the image area. The town of origin of the map is emphasized by including in each country's section the distance from the main cities to London.

Cf. Rumsey 2310 (the atlas which contained this map)


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Europe Divided into its Empires Kingdoms States

Estimate $500 - $750May 21, 2017
Freeville, NY, USA