An Exact Map of the Principal Rivers in France


Early 18th century map of France’s rivers, based on a map created nearly 100 years earlier.

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This detailed map of France’s river systems was originally published by the renowned antiquarian and geographer Philipp Clüver in his Introductio in Universam Geographicam, first issued in 1624. This particular example was re-engraved by John Senex and issued nearly a century later, around 1710, in London.

The image is largely the same, though the Canal Royal by Louis XIV is shown as completed, and text has been updated to English. The canal would be renamed to Canal du Midi during the Revolution; the period in which the notion of France’s ‘natural borders’ also took hold.

The Rhine River, running in the northeast, was a major component of this philosophy, in addition to the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, the Pyrenees and the Alps. Though political outlines are omitted, much of the territory within these ‘natural borders’ was within Belgium and the Netherlands – one of the many sources of friction that would lead to several European coalitions against France.

Map Details

Publication Date: c. 1710

Author: John Senex

Sheet Width (in): 12.80

Sheet Height (in): 9.00

Condition: B

Condition Description: Moderate scattered soiling visible in the upper corns and the edges of the sheet are slightly ragged. The impression has lightened a bit along the title block and in the north of France, but overall remains in good condition.


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