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Carte de l'Égypte (Description de l'Égypte)

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Jacotin's 1799 survey of Egypt and Palestine, as a composite, published in 1818 (Carte geographique de l'Egypte et des pays environnans. Reduite d'apres la Carte topographique levee pendant l'expedition de l'Armee francaise)
Illustration of the assembly of the 47 sheets

The Carte de l'Égypte (English: Map of Egypt), from the Description de l'Égypte, was the first triangulation-based map of Egypt, Syria and Palestine. The mapmaking expedition was led by Pierre Jacotin. It was used as the basis for many most maps of the region for much of the nineteenth century.[1][2]

It was originally prepared during the 1799-1800 French campaign in Egypt and Syria. Despite the maps being dated 1818 and 1826, they were not published until 1828–30.[3]

The maps can be seen in detail at Wikimedia Commons: Carte topographique de l'Égypte.

Editions and related documents[edit]

  • First edition: Cartes géographiques et topographiques. Paris. 1818. p. 53.
  • Second edition: C.L.F. Panckoucke, ed. (1826). Atlas géographique. Paris. p. 57.
  • Memoir: Mémoire sur la construction de la carte de l'Egypte par M. Jacotin
  • Supplementary tables: Jacotin, M.: Tableau de la superficie de l'Égypte
  • Baring, Sir Thomas (1838). "Cartes Géographiques Et Topographiques". A Bibliographical Account And Collation Of La Description De L'Égypte: Presented To The Library Of The London Institution, By Sir Thomas Baring, Baronet, President: With A List Of The Other Donations Made To That Establishment From April 1837 To April 1838. London Institution.

Maps of Palestine - Files 43-47[edit]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ Karmon 1960a, p. 155.
  2. ^ Schelhaas, Faehndrich & Goren 2017, p. 66.
  3. ^ Khatib, 2003, p. 211