Lot 58[MARCOU, JULES]
FLOQUET, M. Carte Hydrologique du Département de la Seine. Dressée par M. Delesse ... Inspecteur General des Mines. Publiée d'après les ordres de M. Floquet Préfet de la Seine 1882. Paris: 1882. Chromolithographed map by L. Wuhrer, dissected to 24 parts and laid to linen. Approximately 48 x 48 inches (121 x 121 cm); with book label of Jules Marcou to the verso and various stamps and notations (see below). A strip of the upper border lacking at top right not affecting image, a few punctures to upper margin for mounting, a few splits to folds, some light soiling.
A large color waterway map of Paris from the library of the French/Swiss geologist Jules Marcou (1824-1898) who became a important surveyor of the American West. Marcou participated in the survey of the Jura Mountains in the Alps before coming to America and participating in several major Western surveys, including the Pacific Railroad survey and Wheeler's survey of Southern California. His book label, present here, depicts two geologist's hammers between a banner reading "Jura/Rocky Mountains" for his most famous expeditions. The verso of the map also features the engraved label of the Parisian map sellers as well as several stamps of the American Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian Institute's International Exchanges. Marcou married a Massachusetts woman and lived out his life in the U.S., hence the address label on the verso delivering the map to him there. A rare relic of this important geologist's library.
Sold for $938
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