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1762 Janvier Map of Europe

L'Europe divisee en ses Principaux Etats. - Main View

1762 Janvier Map of Europe



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 Denis Janvier (fl. 1746 - 1776), sometime also known as 'Robert', was a Paris based cartographer active in the mid to late 18th century. Janvier signed his maps Signor Janvier. By the late 18th century, Janvier was awarded the title of 'Geographe Avec Privilege du Roi' and this designation appears on many of his later maps. Janvier worked with many of the most prominent French, English and Italian map publishers of his day, including Longchamps, Faden, Lattre, Bonne, Santini, Zannoni, Delamarche, and Desnos. More by this mapmaker...

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, 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.