1762 Janvier Map of Italy
Description: This is an appealing decorative 1762 map of Italy by Jean Janvier's. Janvier's map covers from the Gulf of Lyon eastward to include all of Corsica, Sardinia, Italy, the Adriatic, and parts of Hungary and Turkey in Europe. It extends southwards to include adjacent parts of Africa and northwards as far as Lake Geneva. This map shows the Italian peninsula prior to its struggle for national solidarity which would emerge as a movement about 50 years later in the early 19th century. The peninsula is divided into numerous independent states, duchies, republics, kingdoms and, of course, the Papal States (States of the Church).
An elaborate title cartouche featuring Papal accoutrements appears in the lower left quadrant. A secondary cartouche bearing a six distance scales appears in the lower right quadrant. This map was drawn by J. Janvier and included as plate no. 10 in the first edition of Jean Lattre's 1762 issue of the Atlas Moderne.
Date: 1762 (undated)
Source: Lattre, Jean, Atlas Moderne ou Collection de Cartes sur Toutes les Parties du Globe Terrestre Par Plusieurs Auteurs, Paris, 1762.
References: Rumsey 2612.027. Phillips (Atlases) 664. National Maritime Museum, 215.
Cartographer: 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. Click here for a list of rare maps by Janvier.
Cartographer: 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. Click here for a list of rare maps by Jean Lattre.
Size: Printed area measures 18 x 12.5 inches (45.72 x 31.75 centimeters)
Scale: 1 : 4000000
Condition: Very good. Original platemark visible. Minor wear along original centerfold. Overall toning. Minor ink marking in lower left margin, not affecting printed area. Blank on verso.
Code: Italy-janvier-1762 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)
Tags: Janvier , Lattre , Papal States