|Method||Copper engraved with early hand colour|
|Artist||Brion de la Tour, Louis|
|Published||Par le Sr. Brion, Ingr. Geographe du Roi, a Paris, Chez Desnos, Ingenieur pour les Globes et Spheres, rue St Jacques, au Globe 1766.|
|Dimensions||280 x 310 mm|
A decorative eighteenth century map of Sardinia and Corsica, with an ornate baroque border printed on a separate plate to the map, published by Desnos for Brion's 'Atlas General, Civil et Ecclesiastique, Methodique et Elementaire pour l'etude de la Geographie et de l'Histoire'. The multiple plate arrangement allowed Desnos to print different editions of his atlases from the same map plates. Some editions featured paste-down text panels on either side of the map, while others, like this example, were issued with just a border. The map is ornamented in early hand colour, and the islands are divided into their different provinces. In the bottom left corner, the title is enclosed in a landscape vignette.
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. Trimmed to plate mark at top, as issued.