1762 Janvier Map of Europe

L'Europe divisee en ses Principaux Etats.

1762 Janvier Map of Europe


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L'Europe divisee en ses Principaux Etats.
  1762 (dated)    12 x 18 in (30.48 x 45.72 cm)


A beautiful first edition example of Jean Janvier's decorative map of the Europe. Janvier's map covers from Iceland to the Caspian Sea and from North Africa to the Arctic. The map is divided into countries and kingdoms with color coding according to region. As a whole it offers excellent detail throughout showing mountains, rivers, forests, national boundaries, regional boundaries, forts, and cities. The scope of the map is worth noting, as it intentionally encompasses not just Euopre but the extent of European cultural expansion into the surrounding areas. It no error that he map extends westward to Portuguese Madiera and Porto Santo, nor northwards to embrace Iceland, nor that it extends eastward into the Russian dominated lands beyond the Caspian. This was the 'Greater Europe,' a vast region considered naturally part of Europe's cultural patrimony. A large decorative title cartouche appears in the upper left quadrant. Drawn by Jean Janvier for issue as plate no. 2 in Jean Lattre's 1762 first edition of the Atlas Moderne.


Jean or Robert Janvier (fl. 1746 - 1776) was a Paris based cartographer active in the mid to late 18th century. Janvier true first name is a matter of debate, as it appears as it often appears as either Jean or Robert. More commonly, Janvier simply signed his maps Signor Janvier. By the late 18th century Janvier seems to have been awarded the title of "Geographe Avec Privilege du Roi" and this designations appears on many of his latter maps. Janvier worked with many of the most prominent French, English and Italian map publishers of his day, including Faden, Lattre, Bonne, Santini, Zannoni, Delamarche, and Desnos.

Jean Lattre (fl. 1743 - 1793) was a Paris based bookseller, engraver, and map publisher active in the mid to late 18th century. Lattre published a large corpus of maps, globes, and atlases in conjunction with a number of other important French cartographic figures, including Janvier, Zannoni, Bonne and Delamarche. He is also known to have worked with other European cartographers such as William Faden of London and the Italian cartographer Santini. Map piracy and copyright violations were common in 18th century France. Paris court records indicate that Lattre brought charges against several other period map publishers, including fellow Frenchman Desnos and the Italian map engraver Zannoni, both of whom he accused of copying his work. Lattre's offices and bookshop were located at 20 rue St. Jaques, Paris, France.


Lattre, Jean, Atlas Moderne ou Collection de Cartes sur Toutes les Parties du Globe Terrestre, c. 1775.    


Very good condition. Original centerfold. Blank on verso. Platemarks visible. Some period pencil marks, possibly related to a continental tour, could easily erased, but we have left that up to the buyer - we find them charming.


Rumsey 2612.004. Phillips (Atlases) 664. National Maritime Museum, 215.