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Collection Map Collection
Catalog Number 2014.17.82
Object Name Map
Description "Graeciae Pars Septentrionalis," Paris, 1796, hand-colored engraving, map by J. A. Dezauche after Guillaume De l'Isle and Philippe Buache

A map of northern Greece, including the Northern Aegean, Thrace, and Eastern Turkey. A student of the noted French cartographer, Giovanni Domenico Cassini, and the son of Claude De l'Isle, the geographer and historian to the king, Guillaume De l'Isle developed a strong basis for his cartographical skills. He produced his first terrestrial globe in 1699, and displayed a profound talent for capturing a high level of accuracy and geographical knowledge. In 1718, Louis XIV celebrated his much revered skill and accuracy by appointing him First Geographer to the French Monarchy, a title created specifically for him. In his many years in this position, De l'Isle became known for his correction of geographical errors common to his contemporaries, including dispelling the rumor of mythical lands in still-unexplored regions.

Title Graeciae Pars Septentrionalis
Date 1796
Role of Creator Publisher
Creator Dezauche, J. A.
Role of Creator 2 Cartographer
Creator 2 De l'Isle, Guillaume
Role of Creator 3 Cartographer
Creator 3 Buache, Philippe
Medium ink
Material paper
Technique copperplate engraving
Dimensions H-21.5 W-27.5 inches
Credit line Gift of Jeffery M. Leving, Founder, Fathers’ Rights
Subjects Greece
Northern Aegean
Eastern Turkey