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Guillaume de L'Isle's map of Upper Swabia.

The map shows the northern part of this southern German duchy, further subdividing it into regions including Fraconie and Limpurg.

The map names many towns, including Hall, Geltendorf, Nordlingen, and others. Numerous interesting features are shown, such as private lands, the sites of battles, and topographic information.

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).