Jean Janvier (fl.1746-1776). “Partie Septentrionale Des Pays Bas Comprenant Les Estats Generaux des Provinces Unies.” [Netherlands].
Paris: Jean Lattré & Delalain, 1762-1775. From Atlas Moderne. 12 x 17 1/4. Engraving. Original hand color. Very good condition.
Jean Janvier was a French cartographer who worked in Paris in the latter part of the eighteenth century. Among his output were some fine maps which appeared in Jean Lattré’s Atlas Moderne. This atlas contained maps of all parts of the world engraved by Lattré, the “Graveur Ordinaire du Roi.” Janvier’s maps contained the best information available at the time. This map of Africa is a good example of this. The outline of the continent and indication of major cities is very good. Also indicated are known kingdoms and tribal areas. The confusing and then generally unknown river system in the continent is depicted with very good accuracy for the time. All this information is neatly engraved and highlighted with beautiful hand color.