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Nice example of Philippe Buache's 1745 state of De L'Isle's map of northern part of South America.

The map provides fine detail in the interior of the northern part of South America. De L'Isle was known for his fine scientific mapping style, restricting the cartographic content of his maps to what he deemed to be reliable reports and eliminating speculative information. Through a meticulous process of comparing the reports from multiple sources, he was able to reconcile diverse data to create the best maps of the period.

The detail in the Amazon River and its tributaries is quite advanced for the period, as is the treatment of the Andes mountains.

The first state of the map can be identified by the Rue de Canettes address in the title, an address which De L'Isle left in the middle of 1703. The present state includes the date of 1745 in the bottom left corner.

Philippe Buache Biography

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).