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Guillaume De L'Isle (1675-1726) is probably the greatest figure in French cartography. Having learned geography from his father Claude, by the age of eight or nine he could draw maps to demonstrate ancient history.  He studied mathematics and astronomy under Cassini, from whom he received a superb grounding in scientific cartography—the hallmark of his work. His first atlas was published in ca. 1700. In 1702 he was elected a member of the Academie Royale des Sciences and in 1718 he became Premier Geographe du Roi

De L'Isle's work was important as marking a transition from the maps of the Dutch school, which were highly decorative and artistically-orientated, to a more scientific approach. He reduced the importance given to the decorative elements in maps, and emphasized the scientific base on which they were constructed. His maps of the newly explored parts of the world reflect the most up-to-date information available and did not contain fanciful detail in the absence of solid information. It can be fairly said that he was truly the father of the modern school of cartography at the commercial level. 

De L’Isle also played a prominent part in the recalculation of latitude and longitude, based on the most recent celestial observations. His major contribution was in collating and incorporating this latitudinal and longitudinal information in his maps, setting a new standard of accuracy, quickly followed by many of his contemporaries. Guillaume De L’Isle’s work was widely copied by other mapmakers of the period, including Chatelain, Covens & Mortier, and Albrizzi.

Place/Date:
Paris / 1780 circa
Size:
24 x 19 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
42697
Place/Date:
Paris / 1745
Size:
24.5 x 20.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
30464
Place/Date:
Paris / 1723
Size:
22.5 x 17.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
64601
Place/Date:
Paris / 1722 (1745)
Size:
23.5 x 19 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
55883
Place/Date:
Paris / 1714
Size:
18 x 18 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
59356
Place/Date:
Paris / 1708
Size:
24.5 x 19 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
64247op
Place/Date:
Paris / 1707
Size:
24.25 x 19 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
64246op
Place/Date:
Paris / 1706
Size:
25 x 19 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
62678op
Place/Date:
Paris / 1706
Size:
25 x 19 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
63429
Place/Date:
Paris / 1701
Size:
24.5 x 18.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
64308op
Place/Date:
Paris / 1700
Size:
22.5 x 16.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
52364

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Place/Date:
Paris / 1789
Size:
23.5 x 19 inches
Condition:
VG
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25381
Place/Date:
Paris / 1745
Size:
24 x 19 inches
Condition:
VG
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6181
Place/Date:
Paris / 1745
Size:
24 x 18 inches
Condition:
VG+
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16964
Place/Date:
Paris / 1745
Size:
24 x 18 inches
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VG
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30305
Place/Date:
Paris / 1745
Size:
24 x 19 inches
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VG+
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30446
Place/Date:
Paris / 1745
Size:
24 x 18 inches
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VG+
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30564
Place/Date:
Paris / 1745
Size:
22.5 x 17.5 inches
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VG+
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30645
Place/Date:
Paris / 1726
Size:
24.5 x 20.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
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36460
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1725 circa
Size:
22.5 x 17.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
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39676
Place/Date:
Paris / 1724
Size:
23.5 x 19 inches
Condition:
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14823
Place/Date:
Paris / 1724 (1745)
Size:
25 x 18.5 inches
Condition:
VG
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30581
Place/Date:
Paris / 1724
Size:
25 x 18.5 inches
Condition:
VG
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36670
Place/Date:
Paris / 1723
Size:
24 x 18 inches
Condition:
VG
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62491
Place/Date:
Paris / 1722
Size:
23.5 x 19 inches
Condition:
VG
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11534
Place/Date:
Paris / 1722
Size:
22.5 x 18.5 inches
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VG
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8658
Place/Date:
Paris / 1722
Size:
22.5 x 18.5 inches
Condition:
VG
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25264
Place/Date:
Paris / 1722
Size:
22.5 x 18.5 inches
Condition:
VG
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37558
Place/Date:
Paris / 1722
Size:
23.5 x 19 inches
Condition:
VG
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36464
Place/Date:
Paris / 1722
Size:
22.5 x 18.5 inches
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VG+
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57226
Place/Date:
Paris / 1722
Size:
25 x 19 inches
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VG
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64310op
Place/Date:
Paris / 1720
Size:
24 x 18 inches
Condition:
VG
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11961
Place/Date:
Paris / 1720
Size:
22 x 17 inches
Condition:
VG
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1850
Place/Date:
Paris / 1718
Size:
26 x 19 inches
Condition:
VG
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0073em
Place/Date:
Paris / 1718
Size:
26 x 19 inches
Condition:
VG+
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24419
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Paris / 1718 (1745)
Size:
26 x 19 inches
Condition:
VG+
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30394
Place/Date:
Paris / 1718
Size:
26 x 19 inches
Condition:
VG+
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36283
Place/Date:
Paris / 1718
Size:
26 x 19 inches
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VG
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40653
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Paris / 1718 (1745)
Size:
26 x 19 inches
Condition:
VG
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40073
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Paris / 1718
Size:
26 x 19 inches
Condition:
VG+
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42684
Place/Date:
Paris / 1718
Size:
26 x 19 inches
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VG
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Size:
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Condition:
VG
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0064bm