Nice example of the 1745 edition of Guillaume De L'Isle's detailed map of the Netherlands and Belgium, first published by 1702.
The map includes an elegant allegorical title cartouche, surmounted by Mercury and Triton, with a fishing motiff along the bottom, a tribute to the maritime power of the Low Countries in the 17th and early 18th Century.
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).