BG-00651

Antique Map of South America by Buchon (1825)

  • Condition: Good, general age-related toning. Few marginal tears, please study image carefully.
  • Date: 1825
  • Overall size: 70 x 54 cm.
  • Image size: 30 x 41 cm.
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Description: Antique map titled 'Carte de l'Amérique méridionale'. Map of South America with attractive topography, surrounded on three sides by text on the history, geography, and economy of the continent. Shows a huge La Plata province that includes much of Peru and all of present-day Bolivia and Argentina north of Patagonia. This map originates from Buchon's 'Atlas Géographique, Statistique, Historique, et Cronologique des Deux Amériques'. 

Artists and Engravers: Jean Alexandre Buchon (1791-1849) was a French scholar and historian. Born as the French Revolution raged, Buchon was dedicated to recovering France’s history in order to help the country heal and grow. He gathered French stories and published them as part of 'Collection des chroniques nationales franciases ecrites en langue vulgaire, du XIe au XVIe siècle' (4 vols, 1824-1829). He also compiled and published an exploration collection and several histories, particularly about medieval France. For geography, his most important contribution was publication of the French edition of Carey & Lea’s 'American Atlas' in 1825. Each page of the atlas includes highly detailed text about the state or territory depicted, as well as a map of the area. The French edition is generally considered in high regard as compared to other editions, as it has quality paper and superior engraving.