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Melchior Tavernier / Nicholas Sanson:  Carte géographique des postes qui traversent la France... 1632

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Title: Carte géographique des postes qui traversent la France... 1632

Map Maker: Melchior Tavernier /  Nicholas Sanson

Place / Date: Paris / 1632

Coloring: Outline hand-color

Size: 16 x 20.5 inches

Condition: VG

Price: $225.00

Inventory ID: 50445


Description:

Melchior Tavernier's nicely engraved map of the post roads of France at the beginning of the 17th century.

According to a Princeton University site on thematic maps:

This is the first postal road map—also the first important map issued by Sanson. The map shows all of the routes used by the royal posts of the time, identifying the stops along the way; it was reprinted many times during the seventeenth century. Curiously, the cartouche for the dedication has been left blank. The French postal system dates back to 1477, when King Louis XI set up a Royal Postal Service that employed mounted couriers. The timing of this map is relevant, for private mail delivery had just been legalized several years earlier (1627), so both services were operating over the same major routes. In 1672, France made postal service a government-only function.


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