• The Wolfgang A. Herz Library:  auction at Christies

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    The Wolfgang A. Herz Library: Important Voyages and Travels

    9 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 127

    D'ANVILLE, Jean Baptise Bourguignon (1697-1782). Nouvel Atlas de la Chine, de la Tartarie Chinoise et du Thibet. The Hague: Henri Scheurleer, 1737.

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    D'ANVILLE, Jean Baptise Bourguignon (1697-1782). Nouvel Atlas de la Chine, de la Tartarie Chinoise et du Thibet. The Hague: Henri Scheurleer, 1737.

    2o (509 x 342 mm). Title in red and black, 42 engraved maps (some double-page or folding). (Staining to title and occasional light marginal staining to maps, large folding map strengthened along edges and with short tear.) 19th-century half calf (some rubbing to spine and edges). Provenance: Princes of Liechtenstein (bookplate and shelfmark).

    THE FIRST ATLAS TO DEPICT TIBET. From an early age D'Anville immersed himself in geography and the study of maps. He engraved his first map at the age of 15, and soon became one of the most respected cartographers in France, appointed Geographer to the King in 1773. Although he never left Paris, he had access to the new Jesuit surveys carried out in 1708 for the Kangxi Emperor. His atlas of China, based on this information, was issued in Paris by Dezauche under the title Atlas general de la Chine, and by Scheurleer in The Hague (this edition) which has 42 maps as opposed to 50. Cordier Sinica 48; see Lust 155.


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