By: Adrien Hubert Brue
Date: 1826 (Published) Paris
Original Size: 14.5 x 20.2 inches (36.8 x 51.3 cm)
This is a fine print reproduction of a splendid copper engraved map by Brue that features the Grand Archipelago of Asia, along with annotations regarding the entire area depicted. The large map is highly detailed in every aspect. It is printed on heavy paper with wide margins, and includes the raised French royal seal, script title and keyboard border. Lovely, original outline coloring with a color-coded key embellishes the map.
Adrien-Hubert Brue (1786 - 1832) was a French cartographer active in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He held the office of Geographe du Roi and often signed his maps as such. In this position Brue contributed to thousands of maps and numerous atlases. His maps are known for their beauty, their clarity and accuracy. Many of his maps were published posthumously. Pierre-Jacques Picquet, the son and heir of his partner Charles Picquet, published the maps following the death of Brue, and they continued to be updated and republished for decades. Brue’s work is distinguished by a remarkably high standard of engraving and the high quality paper which he used.
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What can be referred to as modern cartography has been around for over 550 years. Throughout that time an enormous amount of new land was discovered, cities were founded while others perished. International trade and travel became the norm, political borders were ever-changing, and numerous wars were waged. With all that being said, hundreds of thousands of maps were created that show such events and episodes in time.
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