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date: 04 June 2020

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In the Baroque era in France (1580–1660), poetry and cartography are of similar measure. Together, they attest to how the nation crafts an image of itself. Lyrical forms are drawn to sinuous description of the tenor and flow of rivers, while topographical maps proudly display the lines and swaths of a national hydrography. Map, river, and writing become synonymous. This essay compares the literary canon (Montaigne, Saint-Amant, d’Urfé, Scudéry) to maps by Jean de Gourmont, François de la Guillotière, Christophe Tassin, Nicolas Sanson and, as it should, ends with François Chauveau’s Carte de Tendre.

Keywords: baroque, allegory, engineering, hydrography, potamography, projection

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