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Rare proof state of Jacotin's Carte Topographique de la Palestine...

Place/Date: Brussels / 1847
Title: 1847 Vandermaelen – Proof state folding map of Palestine
74 x 91 cm (29 x 35.8 in)
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A rare proof state of Pierre Jacotin’s famous map of Palestine. Text on this issue has not yet been filled-in. The map has been updated by Jean van de Cotte and includes information gardened during expeditions of Napoleon, Murat, and Klér.

Supported by the fortune of his parents and assisted by his brother, Jean-Francois Vandermaelen built a spacious geographical Institute in 1829, in which he installed a map-drawing section, a library and a museum.

The map features a large inset plan of Jerusalem. Lithographed by Ch. Swolfs.


Jean-Francois Vandermaelen

Pierre Jacotin

Pierre Jacotin (1765–1827) was named director of all the surveyors and geographers working in the Nile Valley in 1799 during the campaign in Egypt of Napoleon. Later on, he also prepared maps of Palestine during Napoleon’s campaign there.

After his return from Egypt, Jacotin worked on preparing the plates for publication, but in 1808 Napoleon formally made them state secrets and forbade publication. This was apparently connected with Napoleon’s efforts at the time to establish an alliance with the Ottomans. It was not until 1817 that the engraved plates could be published.

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Large scale folding map backed on brown linen.


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