Maker: Placide / Dezauche
Antique map of part of south-eastern France, by Placide, published by Dezauche, successor to De l'Isle, 1782. This map includes Lake Geneva at top, with the French Alps, Chamonix, Moutiers, and many more towns and cities, some roads, with mountains named and unnamed, including Mont Blanc. The first recorded ascent of Mont Blanc (at the time neither within Italy nor France) was on 8 August 1786 by Jacques Balmat and the doctor Michel Paccard. This climb, initiated by Horace-Bénédict de Saussure, who gave a reward for the successful ascent, traditionally marks the start of modern mountaineering. The first woman to reach the summit was Marie Paradis in 1808. This handsome map features a decorative cartouche, scale of miles, and description, and a compass rose in Lake Geneva. Very good antique condition with a few small spots mostly in the margin. With a fold as issued. Measures approx. 22.5 x 16.75 inches to the neatline.
Item Number: EUR3049