Mentelle and Chanlaire

1798

Fine antique 18th-century map with Europe and Asia

Monde Connu des Anciens

DESCRIPTION: Beautifully engraved and hand-colored map centered on the Arabian Peninsula with much of that area designated "Arabia Deserta". Includes Scandinavia, north Africa, India, China, Sri Lanka ("Taprobana"), and much more. The title indicates that the coverage includes those portions of the world's surface that were known to exist in antiquity. Engraved by Tardieu.

The curved map projection and the fine coloring work act synergistically to emphasize the curvature of the earth's surface.

Published from Paris by French cartographers E. Mentelle and Pierre-Giles Chanlaire. Edme Mentelle (1730 - 1816) was a French geographer and historian in Paris who studied under the historian Jean-Baptiste Louis Crevier at the College of Beauvais. After accepting a position as professor of Geology and History at the Ecole Militaire he tutored students including the young Napoleon Bonaparte. Mentelle published a number of important geographical works including the 1778 Geographie Comparee, the 1779 Atlas Universel, and the 1801 Cours Complet de Cosmographie, de Chronologie, de Geographie et d'Histoire. Plate 3.

CREATOR: Mentelle and Chanlaire

PUBLICATION DATE: 1798

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: Asia

BODY OF WATER: N/A

CONDITION: Very Good.  Clean with a hint of age toning at the margins. Fine impression. On old chain-laid paper. Ample margins.

COLORING: Original hand color.

ENGRAVER: Pierre Tardieu

SIZE: 16 " x 13 "

ITEM PHYSICAL LOCATION: 9

PRICE: $220


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