Rare Philippe Buache map extending from Cyprus and the Western Mediterranean to the Caspian and Persian Gulf, centered on Mesopotamia.
The map was engraved by Marie DuVal. The only reference to the map we were able to locate is an undated example estimated at 1760, referenced in Bibliothecha Geographica Palaestinae, by Reinhold Rohricht.
Philippe Buache (1700-1773) was one of the most famous French geographers of the eighteenth century. Buache was married to the daughter of the eminent Guillaume Delisle and worked with his father-in-law, carrying on the business after Guillaume died. Buache gained the title geographe du roi in 1729 and was elected to the Academie des Sciences in the same year. Buache was a pioneering theoretical geographer, especially as regards contour lines and watersheds. He is best known for his works such as Considérations géographiques et physiques sur les découvertes nouvelles dans la grande mer (Paris, 1754).