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Elaborate Table Drawn During The War of the Fifth Coalition

Finely engraved world map table, drawn by Jean-Louis Colle in 1809.

The War of the Fifth Coalition was an important year for Napoleon and the French Empire” as France was attacked by most European countries. The movement for maintaining French freedom against its enemies was big so many battles were fought in 1809.

Toulon was a major navy port, and it is possible that this is the work of a French soldier or sailor posted in Toulon.  

The chart consists of 4 columns, organized by continent, and subdivided between "continental" regions and Islands, with countries and colonial regions named and statistical data below.

Place names listed in America include Nouvelle Albion (capital is Port Drake), La Californie, Nouvelle Danemark.

The work is elaborately embellished with two sets of cherubs across the top of the image, one on either side of a pair of globes.

The present example notes that it is a copy by Jean-????? Colle Proprietaire in Toulon in October 1809, based, copied from an original in the library in the Communal Bibliotheque of Toulon.

Condition Description
Pen and ink with wash colors. Laid on board, with evidence of cracking an minor loss.