Map of Siam 1686 Placide, Embassy France to Royaume de Siam, Singapore, Thailand

Map of Siam 1686 Placide, Embassy France to Royaume de Siam, Singapore, Thailand

Map of Siam 1686 Placide, Embassy France to Royaume de Siam, Singapore, Thailand

Map of Siam 1686 Placide, Embassy France to Royaume de Siam, Singapore, Thailand

Map of Siam 1686 Placide, Embassy France to Royaume de Siam, Singapore, Thailand

Map of Siam 1686 Placide, Embassy France to Royaume de Siam, Singapore, Thailand

Map of Siam 1686 Placide, Embassy France to Royaume de Siam, Singapore, Thailand

Map of Siam 1686 Placide, Embassy France to Royaume de Siam, Singapore, Thailand

For sale is this original and most Important map of the Kingdom of Siam. Published In the 17th Century including the scarce description page! Size of the 2 pages 15 x 21.5 inches. The Map plus extra description Page Royaume de Siam, dated MDCLXXXVI or 1686. Very good condition , no folding, one tear on top, 55 mm long tear downwards from the top edge, that can be repaired and the area bleached to remove the stain left from the removed scotch tape. Little narrow margin to the right side as issued, original outline hand coloring, general browned but no major foxing or stains on the copperplate area. This map depicts the arrival of the first French embassy to the Kingdom of Siam, in what is now Thailand. Dechaussé dedicates the map to the Chevalier de Chaumont, who led the delegation. Dechaussé’s map depicts the route from just west of the Sunda Straits, through the Banca Straits, then past Bintang Island and up the east side of the peninsula via the Gulf of Siam. The delegation arrived in 1685. The Siamese King, Narai, wished to manage European contact with his country and preferred the French to the Dutch and English. They succeeded in sending a delegation in 1684. In an audience with King Louis XIV, the Siamese requested an embassy be established in Siam. Louis responded favorably, sending the Chevalier de Chaumont the following year. There are several states of the map which have small differences in the title and the second title at the bottom. Second Title: A Paris Chez I Besson en l’Isle Palais sur le Quay de l’horologe a la Couronne d Or Avec Priv du Roy pour 20. Title: Par le R. Placide, Augustin Dechausse, Geographe ordinaire de su Majeste. Second Title: A Paris Chez Mlle. Du Val Niesse de l’Auteur, sur le Quay de l’horologe a la Couronne d Or Avec Priv du Roy pour 20. The changing titles reflect the development of the Du Val map business. Pierre Du Val was one of the foremost mapmakers in France in the second half of the seventeenth century. Trained by his uncle, the famous mapmaker Nicolas Sanson, Du Val was named Geographer to the King in 1650. After his death in 1683, Du Val’s business was carried on by his widow and daughters. They were aided by his brother-in-law, the R[évéren]d Pere R. Dechaussé assumed the title of Geographer to the King. This is the second state of the map, published by Mademoiselle Du Val, Dechaussé’s niece, in the same premises that her father had occupied. As stated above, Du Val died in 1683. It is likely he started or had already made a map of Siam and surrounding countries prior to his death, while Dechaussé likely added the route of Chaumont and made other improvements. The map thus captures a moment of political importance, the first French embassy to Siam, and of cartographical historical significance, the evolution of a prominent mapmaking business. If you have questions please ask. Private sale from my collection. The item “Map of Siam 1686 Placide, Embassy France to Royaume de Siam, Singapore, Thailand” is in sale since Sunday, February 21, 2021. This item is in the category “Antiques\Maps, Atlases & Globes\Asia Maps”. The seller is “asian_ephemera_bkk” and is located in Nonthaburi. This item can be shipped worldwide.
  • Cartographer/Publisher: Placide
  • Printing Technique: Copper Plate
  • Date Range: 1600-1699
  • City: Ayutthaya
  • Original/Reproduction: Antique Original
  • Country/Region: Burma
  • Format: Atlas Map
  • Year: 1686
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