Lot 312: 2 Cassini French National Survey maps Paris & Caen
December 1, 2016
Falls Church, VA, USALive Auction
Description: [France/Cassini Survey Maps] 2 engraved topographic maps of France, each in 21 sections, published by the Cassini family beginning in the 1740s. The 2 maps here were part of the National Survey of France, 1750-1815, where all 182 maps were completed to the same scale of 100 toises (one toise = approx. 6ft.), by successive generations of the Cassini family. ++ Map of Paris dated 1756 was the first sheet published and shows the Prime Meridian passing through the Paris Observatory. Titled "Carte de France Levee par ordre du Roy Premiere Feuille." 21 sections mounted to linen backing. No. I in margin at upper left, F. 1. at upper right. Center of lower margin has scale in toises. Overall dimensions of image: 21 ¾ x 35 ¼ in. Foxing, esp. around sections, toning. Partly hand colored. ++ Engraved topographic map of Bayeux, Caen, plate or sheet 94 of National Survey, c. 1760. Shows cities and villages incl. Cheux, Caen, Balleroy, Creully, Barentan and Caumont. Map trimmed to the northern bank of the Fosse dEspagne, mounted to the linen backing after first backed to paper. The sheet of paper between the map and the linen is printed with a horizontal line parallel to the northern border of the western portion of the map. Printed in upper margin: Nord, no. 127 and No. 94. Dampstain, toning around folds, dark spots or blotches in areas, partly hand colored. Both maps sold as is, with all faults.