A decorative map shows The Bois de Boulogne, a popular large public park in Paris as it looked like in the beginning of the 18th century. The forest was enclosed within a wall with eight gates. In the north there was Abbey of Longchamp, a convent, where wealthy and important women often retired. In the north-east part stood the Château de Madrid, what is now Neuilly, built in 1526, by King Francis I of France.
Nicolas de Fer: French Royal Cartographer
Nicolas de Fer (1646 – 1720) was the Royal Cartographer to Kings Louis XIV and XV and had a career that lasted half a century. He was regarded as the one of the best mapmakers of his age, creating works of clear and elegant design, predicated on the best official sources.