Carte D'Eurpe Divisee En ses Empires et Royaumes.
1776 (dated) 37.5 x 49 in (95.25 x 124.46 cm)
A large and impressively decorative 1776 case map or pocket map of europe by Jean Baptiste Louis Clouet. Clouet's map covers all of europe from Spain to the Ural Mountains and from Nova Zembla and the Arctic Ocean to North Africa, Turkey, and Persia. It includes the Black Sea, and adjacent parts of Asia. The map proper is surrounded by twenty vignettes illustrating important moments in european history as well as various monarchs. Beneath each vignette is a short paragraph of explanatory text in French and Spanish. The map has been dissected and mounted on linen in 32 sections. Clouet most likely intended this map to be part of a five map set illustrating Asia, europe, Africa, the Americas, and the World.
This map was issued on the cusp of world changing events. The American Revolution had just started and by the end of the century would spread its egalitarian ideals to europe - most specifically France. In the meantime Clouet paints a picture of europe dominated by the remnants of feudalism. Kings in France, Spain, england, and Portugal, while central europe remained a loose coalition under the Holy Roman empire. Poland, though in longer period decline under the Commonwealth, still claimed vast expanses of territory from the Baltic to the Black Sea. Russia meanwhile was pushing across the continent as far as China and Siberia. Italy, though here color coded as a single country, was in fact an amalgam of independent princedoms, duchies, and republics. This largely untenable system would soon breakdown into the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars - the growing pains of a new world order.
Jean Baptiste Louis Clouet (c. 1730 - 1790) was a French cartographer active in the mid to late 18th century. Clouet, who held the post of Royal Geographer of the Academie des Sciences de Rouen, had offices in Paris and Cadiz. Clouet's most important work is his Geographie Moderne, which was published in various editions from 1776 - 1793. Clouet also produced a series of stunning and highly decorative wall maps depicting the various continents.
Louis-Joseph Mondhare (fl. c. 1750 - 1790) was a French map and print publisher active in Paris during the latter part of the 18th century. Mondhare maintained offices in Paris and Cadiz. In the 1880s Mondhare partnered with Chez Jean to produce a series of wall maps by Jean Baptiste Louis Clouet - these were among the most decorative maps of the late 18th century.
Average. Upper and lower borders have been trimmed - see image. Even overall toning. Some soiling. Original linen backing exhibits some wear. Price reflects these issues.