|Method||Copper engraved with early hand colour|
|Published||A Paris, Chez Ch. Picquet, Geographe-Graveur, Quai Voltaire ou Malaquais, Petit Hotel de Bouillon An. 11 (1803). 2nd Edition An 12. 1804.|
|Dimensions||680 x 535 mm|
A large and rare early nineteenth century French map of the British Isles, originally published by Picquet in Year 11 of the French Republic (1803), this particular example the second edition from 1804. Although examples are known to have been divided and backed on linen as folding maps, this particular example seems to have been separately issued and then bound into an atlas or extra-illustrated book of some description. The counties of the British Isles are outlined in beautiful early hand colour, and sea coasts are picked out in turquoise. The roadways are shown, and the oceans feature numerous rhumb lines and depth soundings, while reefs and sand banks are shown as areas of stippling. An inset map of the Shetland Isles is shown at top right, alongside scales in English and French miles.
Charles Picquet (1771-1827) was a French cartographer and engraver, who served as geographer to Napoleon, and then under the Restoration to Louis XVIII and Charles X. His maps appeared largely in the Atlas universel de géographie physique, politique, ancienne et moderne of Adrien-Hubert Brué, though a number were separately issued, particularly as folding maps.
Condition: Central horizontal fold. Small tear repairs and minor discolouration to central fold. Minor time toning to margins, not affecting map or plate. Blank on verso.