By: Adrien Hubert Brue
Date: 1828 (Published) Paris
Dimensions: 14.5 x 20.2 inches (36.8 cm x 51.3 cm)
This magnificent copper engraved map by Brue features western Africa starting from twenty four degrees North and extending to two degrees South. The map includes numerous annotations describing the areas depicted in some detail, including assumptions made regarding geography, and some crediting the various sources consulted by Brue in creating his map.
Political boundaries, towns, villages, roads, etc., are rendered, and relief is shown by hachure. An inset map in the region of the Sahara features the western drainage of the Senegal River system, including its tributaries on the Atlantic coast. The engraving is highly detailed in every aspect, is printed on heavy paper with wide margins, and includes the raised French royal seal, a script title and keyboard border. It features lovely original outline coloring, along with a color-coded key for identifying the countries under whose sway various territories were at the time.
Adrien-Hubert Brue (1786 - 1832) was a French cartographer active in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He held the office of Geographe du Roi and often signed his maps as such. In this position Brue contributed to thousands of maps and numerous atlases. His maps are known for their beauty, their clarity and accuracy. Many of his maps were published posthumously.
Pierre-Jacques Picquet, the son and heir of his partner Charles Picquet, published the maps following the death of Brue, and they continued to be updated and republished for decades. Brue’s work is distinguished by his remarkably high standard of engraving, and the high quality paper which he used.
Condition: The engraving of this map is of exceptionally high quality. The map is in A condition.
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