Map of the Land of Love

Some quick photos of the Carte du pays de tendre, before I'm off to work this Valentine's Day. As I understand it, Catherine Vivonne, marquise de Rambouillet was so disgusted with the conduct of the men at the French court, she left, and with her husband, began holding salons in their residences.

One member of those influential salons, author Madeleine de Scudéry (the first "bluestocking"), created the Carte du pays de tendre as part of her book, Clélie.  (These images are from a 19th century reproduction.)

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8/14 Update: This looks interesting.