PCT-57907

Plan de l'Academie et de ses Environs Pour le Voyage du Jeune Anacharsis - Du Bocage (1789)

  • Technic: Copperplate engraving / etching. on hand laid paper.
  • Condition: Good, given age. Ample margins. Some tiny nicks in the left and right margin edges. Slight browning in the margins. Original middle fold as issued. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
  • Date: 1789
  • Overall size: 15,1 x 10,2 inch
  • Image size: 6,4 x 8,4 inch
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Description: Antique print, titled: 'Plan de l'Academie et de ses Environs Pour le Voyage du Jeune Anacharsis.' This is a fascinating 1784 plan of Plato's Academy in Athens, ancient Greece. The map covers the vicinity of the Platonic seat of learning in ancient Athens. Founded by the philosopher Plato, the Academy nurtured the genius of Aristotle, among others. Prepared by M. Barbie de Bocage in 1784 to illustrate the Travels of Anacharsis. "Voyage du jeune Anacharsis en Grece", Barthélemy, J.J. First published in 1789

Artists and Engravers: Made by 'Jean Denis Barbie du Bocage' after an anonymous artist. Jean Denis Barbie du Bocage (1760 - 1825) and his son Jean-Guillaume Barbie du Bocage (1795 - 1848) were French cartographers and cosmographers active in Paris during late 18th and early 19th centuries. The elder Barbie du Bocage, Jean Denis, was trained as a cartographer and engraver in the workshops of mapmaking legend J. B. B. d'Anville. At some point Jean Denis held the post of Royal Librarian of France and it was through is associations with d'Anville that the d'Anville collection of nearly 9000 maps was acquired by French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The younger Barbie du Bocage, Jean-Guillaume, acquired a position shortly afterwards at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and, in time, became its head, with the title of Geographe du Ministere des Affaires Etrangeres.