Partie Orientale de La Carte des Anciennes Monarchies


Map and corresponding commentary on ancient civilizations in Europe and Asia.

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This map, issued near the end of the 18th century by Charles and Felix Delamarche, shows the various ancient empires that existed east of the Black Sea and Egypt. It shows the extent of Bactrians, Scythians, Persians and others who occupied the territory in the Middle East and Central Asia to the Caucuses. Outline color delineates various tribes while rudimentary topographical detail is provided with some detail. Place names are concentrated most heavily in the west, reflecting on the more civilized nature of the cultures within the extent of former Roman territories.

Euro-centric ideals are further reinforced with a Bible verse under the title justifying the power exerted by government authorities. “The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong.”

Map Details

Publication Date: c. 1799

Author: Charles & Felix Delamarche

Sheet Width (in): 27.60

Sheet Height (in): 21.50

Condition: A-

Condition Description: Minor discoloration along centerfold.