|Method||Copper engraved with hand colour|
|Artist||Lattre, Jean after Janvier, Jean|
|Published||Par le Sr. Janvier Geographe, Avec Privilege du Roi. 1762. A Paris, Chez Lattre Graveur rue St Jacques, au dessus de la Fontaine Saint Severin a La Ville de Bordeaux.|
|Dimensions||302 x 450 mm|
An eighteenth century French map of the world in two hemispheres, following the cartography of Janvier, engraved by Jean Lattre for his Atlas Moderne ou Collection de Cartes sur Toutes les Parties du Globe Terrestre, a composite atlas with plates engraved by Zannoni, Bonne, Janvier, Delamarche, and Lattre himself. The western hemisphere covers the Americas, with the Old World and Australasia in the eastern hemisphere. The continents are outlined and washed in full hand colour, with the internal borders of nations and kingdoms marked as dotted lines. Antarctica is absent, and much of the northwestern coast of North America is putative. The eastern coast of Australia is also significantly distorted, with Tasmania and New Guinea both joined to the landmass. New Zealand is present only as a small section of coastline in the extreme left of the western hemisphere. The space between the hemispheres is filled with a very large and ornate baroque cartouche engraved by Choffard, which features vegetal decoration of both terrestrial and oceanic origin.
Jean Lattre (fl. 1743 - 1793) was an engraver, bookseller and map publisher who was active in Paris from the mid until late 18th century. He worked with French, Italian and English cartographers like Santini, Delamarche, Bonne and Faden.
Jean or Robert Janvier (fl. 1746-1776) was an 18th century French mapmaker based in Paris. There is some debate over his first name, it either being Jean or Robert as he signed his maps Seigneur Janvier. He was appointed Geographer Royal in the 18th century. Janvier is best known for his work with Lattré on the 1762 Atlas Moderne.
Pierre-Philippe Choffard (1731-1809) was a French engraver, who specialised in ornamental engraving, particularly cartouches, frontis and tail pieces, address and trade cards, and stationery.
Condition: Central vertical fold, as issued. Minor time toning to edges of sheet. Blank on verso.