1764 11 x 12 in (27.94 x 30.48 cm)
This is a rare and elegantly produced 1764 map of the Americas by French cartographer Louis Brion de la Tour. Depicts the whole of North and South America with several interesting cartographic features. The American northwest is largely ill defined though highly suggestive of the French conception of a water route through North America. The region of the Apache American Indian tribe is noted just north of 'Albion,' as are the lands of the Eskimos. In South America, some early colonial cities such as Cuzco and Lima are noted. The many different routes taken by important explorers are noted. There is a beautiful and elaborate decorative border. Unlike most maps from this series, the upper border is not cropped.
Louis Brion de la Tour (1743 - 1803) was the Cartographer Royal to the King of France, his official title being Ingenieur-Geographe du Roi, Despite a prolific cartographic career and several important atlases to his name, little is actually known of his life and career. He mat have been born in Bordeaux. His son of the same name was born in 1763 and published until his death in 1832. It is nearly impossible to distinguish the work of the father, from the work of the son, as both used the same imprint and were active in roughly the same period. Much of their work was published in partnership Louis Charles Desnos (fl. 1750 - 1790). Their most notable work is generally regarded to be his 1766 Atlas General.
Very Good condition. Minor color fading at centerfold. Blank on verso.