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Nice example of Philippe Buache's edition of De L'Isle's map of Europe, colored by countries, with a decorative cartouche and coat of arms.

Extends from the Premier Meridian fixe a l'isle de fer Par la declaration du Roy Louis XIII to Muscovie and the Caspian Sea. Rocher de Bresil (the mythical island) still appears.

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).