ATLAS OU COLLECTION DE CARTES GEOGRAPHIQUES POUR L'INTELLIGENCE DU VOYAGEUR FRANCOIS. Published by Joseph de Laporte. A Decorative and detailed map, bu Louis Brion de la Tour, in Double Hempspheres showing a very large Polar landmas in North America jutting out into the North Pacific and creating a wide Northwest Passage. Monde de l'Ouest is connected to this passage, thereby creating an oldd island of part of the coast. The east coast of Australia is still conjectural and is depicted joined to New Guinea in the north and Tasmania in the South.
The map is adorned with a very decorative title cartouche with leaves, flowers and scrolls. Louis Brion de la Tour (c1743 - 1803) was the Cartographer Royal to the King of France. There is little information about his life. His official title was King's Engineer Geographer.
Although he is a prolific geographer, very little is currently known of his life or his career. His life was spent in scientific work. His son Louis Brion de la Tour, a pupil of Jean-Bernard Restout, was engraver of maps and documents of the Revolution, and was also an occasional portrait oil paintings.Joseph de Laporte (1714 - 1779). Was an 18th Century French Priest, litarary critic, poet, playwright and prolific author. Overall size of the map is 25cm x 20cm with large margins, perfect for mounting & framing CONDITION: Excellent overall condition with contemporary hand colouring and the usual centrefold, as issued. As would be expected with antique maps of nearly 230 years old, there will be some slight ageing and toning, but once mounted and framed, will look wonderful.
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