|Method||Copper engraved with hand colour|
|Artist||Brion de la Tour, Louis|
|Published||A Paris chés le Sr Desnos Ing Géographe pour les Globes et Sphères, rue S. Jacques au Globe. 1766|
|Dimensions||233 x 257 mm|
An ornate eighteenth century French map of south-east Asia. Map covers most of the East Indies, including China, Malaysia, Java, Borneo and the Philippines. It extends westwards to include India, the northern region of which has been labelled 'Mogol ou Indostan'. Hand colouring delineates political borders. Flanked by two columns of French text containing geographical information about the area. Ornate border with putti holding foliage garlands anf various mapping and measuring implements. A female figure holding a compass gazes at a globe to the top.
Published by Desnos for Brion's 'Atlas General, Civil et Ecclesiastique, Methodique et Elementaire pour l'etude de la Geographie et de l'Histoire'.
Louis Brion de la Tour (c.1743-1803) was a French geographer and mapmaker. Despite his prolific output and Royal connections, details of his life remain relatively obscure. Much of his work was published by Denon, and his son, also Louis, likely worked alongside his father.
Louis Charles Desnos (c.1750-1790) was a French publisher, bookseller, and globemaker.
Condition: Central vertical fold as issued. Areas of foxing largely affecting margins.