L’Irlande divisee Par Provinces Civiles et Ecclesiastiques.
1766 11 x 12 in (27.94 x 30.48 cm)
This is a rare and elegantly produced 1766 map of Ireland by the French cartographer Louis Brion de la Tour and his associate Louis Charles Desnos. Depicts the island of Ireland divided into four sections. Decorative title cartouche in the upper left quadrant. What makes this map exceptionally rare is the condition, unlike most maps from this series, the elaborate decorative border is fully intact.
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.
Fine or perfect condition. Wide clean margins. Blank on verso.