Title: Carte de la Souverainete de Neuchatel et Vallangin. Dressee sur les Memoires du Sr. D.F. de Merveilleux D. Mcin. Rectifiez par les observations de l'Academie Royale des Sciences. Dediee a Messieurs de la Venerable Classe et Compagnie des Pasteur a du Comte de Neuchatel. Par leur tres humble et tres obeisst. Serviteur De Merveilleux, D.M. (Par Guillaume Delisle, 1713). Grave par Liebaux le fils.
Author: Lisle, Guillaume de, 1675-1726 ; Merveilleux, David Francois de
Date: circa 1715
Measurments: 26 x 19 1/2 inch
Condition: Good with some staining and water marks (please see pictures)
This beautiful map depicts the Principality of Neuchâtel, today a part of Switzerland, but then a sovereign state. It is based on the first comprehensive survey of the country conducted by David-François de Merveilleux (1652 - 1712), first published in 1710 by Guillaume de L’Isle.
The principality is dived into several communities, each distinguished here in their own bright original full wash colours. The map details a variety of fascinating attributes of human geography, including the labeling of all villages, chateaux, abbeys, parish churches, country estates, court houses, historical battle fields, roads and springs, amongst others.
Neuchâtel had been ruled by Prussia since 1707, as the Prussian kings had successfully (even is somewhat ‘creatively’) claimed ancestral title to the princeship following a dynastic dispute. In 1806 the principality was conquered by Napoleon Bonaparte and Field Marshal Louis-Alexandre Berthier was named prince. In 1814 the Prussian king was restored to the princeship, however, Neuchâtel also joined the Swiss Confederation as the 21st Canton, being the only canton to enter the union as principality.
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