ALEXANDRIE [ALEXANDRIA]. PLAN GENERAL DES DEUX PORTS, DE LA VILLE MODERNE, ET DE LA VILLE DES ARABES.

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Pierre Jacotin

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Alexandrie [Alexandria]. Plan General des Deux Ports, de la Ville Moderne, et de la Ville des Arabes.

Copper plate engraving, c.1817.
Image size 34 3/8 x 21 1/8" (87.2 x 53.7 cm) plus margins.
Good condition.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 93440
Price: $425.00
Publisher : Published by Charles-Louis-Fleury Panckoucke, Paris.
This map depicts the ports and urban center of the city of Alexandria, Egypt’s largest seaport. During the 19th century, Alexandria was one of the most important trading centers in the world due to its proximity to the Mediterranean and Red Seas, making it a major target in Napoleon’s 1799 campaign through Egypt. Pierre Jacotin was named director of all the geographers and surveyors in the Nile Valley during this campaign and siege, which lasted from 1799 until the arrival of British forces in 1801. Although the plates for this map would have been produced from surveys made during the campaign, in 1808 Napoleon declared the information gathered in Jacotin’s surveys to be a state secret and forbid the plates from being officially published until 1817. This map is from the second edition of the “Description de l’Egypte”, a huge collaborative work published in sections between 1809 and 1829, which was intended as a compilation of the descriptive and historical information on Egypt that scholars had recorded during the campaign.

The map provides detail of the city streets and the coastline. The city is divided into a new and an old area, and Jewish and Arab neighborhoods are labeled within it, as well as religious buildings such as mosques, monasteries, and synagogues. The map also includes soundings in the sea’s main ports, and locates ruins, forts, and other significant structures along the coast.
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