Edme Mentelle (1730 - 1815)

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Edme Mentelle (1730-1815) was a French cartographer and geographer known for his contributions to the study of geography during the 18th century. He was born in the city of Dijon in eastern France and went on to become a professor of geography at the Royal Military School in Paris.

Mentelle was a prolific writer, producing numerous works on geography and cartography during his lifetime. His most famous work was the "Atlas Universel," which was first published in 1787 and went through several editions over the next few decades. The "Atlas Universel" was notable for its detailed and accurate maps of France, Europe, and other parts of the world. Mentelle's maps were based on the most up-to-date information available at the time and were known for their clarity and accuracy.

Mentelle was also known for his collaborations with other cartographers and geographers of his time. He worked closely with his son-in-law, Louis Brion de la Tour, on a number of map projects, and also collaborated with other notable cartographers such as Jean Janvier and Nicolas Sanson.

Mentelle was a member of several learned societies, including the Royal Academy of Sciences in Paris and the Academy of Dijon. He was also a member of the Society of Geography in Paris, which was founded in 1821 and is still in existence today.

In addition to his work as a cartographer and geographer, Mentelle was also involved in the study of meteorology and was one of the first scholars to recognize the importance of air pressure in weather forecasting. He was a prolific writer on the subject and his works on meteorology were widely read and influential.

Overall, Edme Mentelle was a key figure in the development of cartography and geography during the 18th century. His maps were known for their accuracy and clarity, and his collaborations with other scholars helped to advance the study of geography in France and beyond.

He published a number of large folio atlases:

1782 Dannemark Atlas.
1788 Prussian Atlas; Atlas National.
1790-1811; Atlas Element 1798; Atlas Universal.
1797 – 1808 and Atlas des tableaux et cartes 1804.

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1797 Edme Mentelle & Pierre Tardieu Large Antique Map of France

1797 Edme Mentelle & Pierre Tardieu Large Antique Map of France

  • Title : La Gaule en 17 Grandes Provinces Romaines au Temps des Empereurs...
  • Size:  23in x 17in (590mm x 435mm)
  • Condition: (A+) Fine Condition
  • Date : 1797
  • Ref #:  26677

This large original hand coloured antique map of France by Edme Mentelle was engraved by Pierre Tardieu and was published in the 1797 edition of Mentelles Atlas Universal. (Ref: Tooley; M&B)

General Definitions:
Paper thickness and quality: - Heavy and stable
Paper color : - off white
Age of map color: - Original
Colors used: - Yellow, green, blue, pink
General color appearance: - Authentic
Paper size: - 23in x 17in (590mm x 435mm)
Plate size: - 17 1/2in x 14in (435mm x 355mm)
Margins: - Min 1in (25mm)

Margins: - None
Plate area: - None
Verso: - None

Mentelle, Edme 1730 - 1816
Mentelle was a French geographer.
Student of Jean-Baptiste Louis Crévier at the Collège de Beauvais (at the time a constituent college of the University of Paris), he found employment with the Ferme générale.
The poems and comedic plays he published early in his career were not successful. He turned to the study of geography and taught geography at the École Militaire during the 1760s. During the 1780s he taught geography to the royal household and in 1786 designed a globe, which is still on display in the Dauphins apartments at the Palace of Versailles.
A supporter of the French Revolution, he taught at the Écoles centrales and at the École Normale Supérieure. He was elected to the Institut de France in 1795.

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