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1762 Janvier Map of Italy

l'Italie divisée en ses Differents Etats Royaumes et Republiques. - Main View

1762 Janvier Map of Italy


A beautiful map depicting Italy before Unification.



l'Italie divisée en ses Differents Etats Royaumes et Republiques.
  1762 (undated)     12.25 x 17.5 in (31.115 x 44.45 cm)     1 : 4000000


This is a 1762 Jean Janvier map of Italy. The map depicts from the Gulf of Lyon to parts of Hungary and Turkey in Europe and from Lake Geneva in Switzerland to Sicily and North Africa. Depicting the Italian peninsula prior to its struggle for national solidarity, the peninsula remains divided into numerous independent states, duchies, republics, kingdoms and the Papal States (Etat de l'Eglise). Myriad rivers and numerous cities and towns are labeled throughout Italy and the adjacent territory in France and across the Adriatic (also referred to here as the Golfe de Venise, or the Gulf of Venice). Both Corsica and Sardinia are depicted. An elaborate title cartouche featuring Papal accoutrements appears on the lower left. A secondary cartouche bearing six distance scales appears on the lower right.

This map was drawn by Jean Janvier and included in the first edition of Jean Lattre's 1762 issue 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. Learn More...

Jean Lattré (170x - 178x) was a Paris based bookseller, engraver, globe maker, calligrapher, and map publisher active in the mid to late 18th century. Lattré 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 Lattré 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. Lattré likes trained his wife Madame Lattré (né Vérard), as an engraver, as a late 18th century trade card promotes the world of 'Lattré et son Epouse.' Lattré's offices and bookshop were located at 20 rue St. Jaques, Paris, France. Later in life he relocated to Bordeaux. Learn More...


Lattre, Jean, Atlas Moderne ou Collection de Cartes sur Toutes les Parties du Globe Terrestre Par Plusieurs Auteurs, Paris, 1762.    


Very good. Original platemark visible. Minor wear along original centerfold. Overall toning. Vero repair of centerfold separation. Closed margin tears professionally repaired on verso. Blank on verso.


Rumsey 2612.027. Phillips (Atlases) 664. National Maritime Museum, 215.