|Method||Copper engraved with hand colour|
|Published||[Pierre-Francois Giffart, Paris, 1739]|
|Dimensions||145 x 185 mm|
A small but interesting French map of Europe from the sixth edition of 'Geographie Universelle Exposee dans les Differentes metodes' by P. Buffier de la 'Compagnie de Jesus,' published by Pierre-Francois Giffart. Countries and coastlines are outlined in hand colour, with fairly basic divisions into the major European kingdoms and empires. Major cities are marked, and a small volcano icon is included on Iceland. The prime meridian is shown, and the title is enclosed in a simple banner cartouche featuring a scale in French miles.
Claude Buffier (25th May 1661 – 17th May 1737) was a theologian, geographer, and Jesuit brother from Warsaw, Poland, who worked in Paris. Aside from his theological works, Buffier authored a number of geographic texts, among them the 'Géographie Universal,' which was posthumously published in Paris in 1749 which ran to several editions.
Condition: Vertical folds as issued. Binders creasing and some chips to right margin, without loss to map. Grease stain towards top of left hand border.