Guillaume Delisle

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Delisle, Guillaume


Born Feb. 28, 1675, in Paris; died there Jan. 25, 1726. French cartographer, member of the Paris Academy of Sciences (1702).

Delisle published a world atlas (1700-14) on the basis of new materials after critically revising the cartographic conceptions of his time; he was the first to improve the mapping of the Mediterranean Sea by eliminating an error in longitude that had remained on geographic maps since the time of Ptolemy (2nd century A.D.); he totally redid the map of Africa. Delisle made use of the achievements of Russian cartography in his works.


Salishchev, K. A. Osnovy kartovedeniia. Moscow, 1948.
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His data has been used by the French cartographers Claude and Guillaume Delisle and the English ethnographer John Swanston as an authoritative source and it is still used today in land claims.