Gouvernement General D’Orleanois


The French duchy of Orleans in the mid-18th century.

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This detailed copperplate engraved map covers a large region in central France around the historic city of Orleans. The duchy, sharing the same name, was created in 1344 by King Philip VI for his son, Philip de Valois. At the same time, he created the role of Duke of Orléans, a royal title for close male relatives of the king that would play an integral role in French politics well into the 19th-century.

The image presents a comprehensive overview of the duchy in the mid-18th century. A variety of geographic features, place names, and other locations of interest are labeled throughout. Small symbols above many towns identify their ecclesiastical or educational facilities, like the presence of a university, cathedral, etc. The River Loire can be seen running through the lower half of the sheet and small trees note groves of forests and private hunting reserves. The routes of two canals, the Canal d’Orleans and the Canal de Briare, are lso shown.

The map was published in Paris by Robert de Vaugondy in 1753.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1753

Author: Robert de Vaugondy

Sheet Width (in): 25.9

Sheet Height (in): 19.8

Condition: A-

Condition Description: Toned around the outer edges of the sheet, most evident in the lower right corner. Very good condition, with only a few light scattered spots visible within the image. A crisp impression on watermarked paper with original outline color.


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