PCT-20906

Antique Map of the Coast of North and East Asia by Diderot (1751)

  • Condition: Excellent; General age related toning; Occasional light staining. Irregular paper edges as issued. Please study image carefully.
  • Date: 1751
  • Overall size: 47 x 42 cm.
  • Image size: 36 x 30 cm.
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.. Antique Map of the Coast of North and East Asia by Diderot (1751)

Description: Map 3: 'Nouvelle Representation des Cotes Nord et Est de L'Asie'. (New map of the coast of North and East Asia.) Three maps on one sheet. Depicting three maps centered on mainland China, Hokkaido and Kamchatka in three different visions. This map originates from the plate section.

This old antique print originates from: 'The Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers, par une Société de Gens de lettres.' which was published under the direction of Diderot and d'Alembert, with 17 volumes of text and 11 volumes of plates between 1751 and 1772. It contained 72,000 articles written by more than 140 contributors. This encyclopdia was a massive reference work for the arts and sciences, as well as a means to propagate the ideas of the French Enlightment. The impact of this encyclopedia was enormous.

Artists and Engravers: Denis Diderot (1713-1784) was a French philosopher, art critic and writer. Jean le Rond d'Alembert (1717-1783) was a French mathematician, mechanician, physicist and philosopher. These plates are engraved by J.A.Defehrt and Bonaventure/Benoit-Louis Prevost after J.R Lucotte or Goussier. Gilles Robert de Vaugondy, a French cartographer with connection to the Sanson family, was born 1688 in Paris. He used Sanson's plates and also acquired plates of Jaillot. His major work was the beautiful "Atlas Universel" first issued in 1757. He died 1766 in Paris.