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Number: 3367
Continent: Africa
Region: North
Place Names: Algiers, Algeria
Year of Origin: 1830
Title: CITTA' DI ALGERI COLLA PIANTA ESATTA DEL SUO GOLFO, DEL PORTO, E DELLA COSA. DEDICATA A S. E. IL SIG. CONTE DE LA FERRONAIJS PARI DI FRANCIA CA: DI PIU ORDINI AMBASCIAT: STEAORD: SI S: M: CRISTIANISS. PRESSO LA S. S. &C &C &C
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Language: Italian
Publish Origin: Rome
Height: 33.5
Width: 47.8
Units: centimeters
Size Class.: Medium
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Color Type: No Color
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Cartographer: Carlo Ruspi
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Publisher: Mandolini
Other Contributors: Pierre Louis Comte de la Ferronais
Northernmost Latitude: 36.76
Southernmost Latitude: 36.75
Westernmost Longitude: 3.05
Easternmost Longitude: 3.07
Measurement Notes: modern estimates
Notes: [SOURCE DASA PAHOR] Rare seemingly unrecorded view of Algiers published in Rome in the year of of the French Invasion of the city in 1830 and dedicated to a former French minister of external affaires Pierre Louis, Comte de la Ferronais. Author: Carlo RUSPI (1798-1863) Place and Year: Rome, Mandolini 1830 Technique: Lithography (slighly dusty, repaired small tears in white margins and in the upper left corner, otherwise in a good condition), omage: 34 x 48 cm; Rare early Italian lithography shows a view of Algiers from the sea in the upper part and a map of the city with its surroundings in the lower part. The key on the right-hand site, divided by a Bedouin holding an Algerian flag names 21 most important building of the city. The map was made in the year of the Invasion of Algiers in 1830. The invasion was a military operation where the Kingdom of France, invaded and conquered the Ottoman Regency of Algiers. A diplomatic incident, the so-called Fan Affair, served in 1827 as a pretext to initiate a blockade against Algiers. The invasion marked the end three centuries of Ottoman rule in Algeria and the beginning of French Algeria. The map is dedicated to Pierre Louis, Comte de la Ferronais, a French diplomat living in Rome. De la Ferronais was a French diplomat, whose biography is still partly unknown. He is mentioned as an ambassador in Sankt-Petersburg in 1822, prior to his position as a minister of external affaires under Jean-Baptiste Sylv?e Gay, vicomte de Martignac. By the late 1820s his health was extremly weak and in 1829 he was thinking about resigning his post. In 1842 he was living in Rome ?for some years, retired from his political activities?, but still active in social life. (Historisch-politische Bl?ter f? das katholische Deutschland, p. 252). The map was issued in de la Ferronais?es honour as he was the initiator of the events that lead to the French conquest of Algiers, and was created in Rome as de la Ferronais had retired to that city. The lithography is based on a draft by Carlo Ruspi, a painter and restorer from Rome, known also after his copies of Etruscan frescos. His works are preserved in museums of Rome and Naples, and reproductions of his sketches were published in numerous books of the first half of the 19th century. References: Histoire de France depuis la restauration, Jean Charles D. de Lacretelle, p. 408; Historisch-politische Bl?ter f? das katholische Deutschland, p. 252. Code: 62943
Last updated: Aug 5, 2018