“France divided into Departments according to the Decree of the National Assembly January 15th, 1790.” From A New and Elegant General Atlas. London: Laurie & Whittle, 1801. 8 x 9 7/8. Engraved by Neele. Excellent original color. Very good condition.
In 1794, Robert Laurie and James Whittle took over Robert Sayer’s important publishing business in London and continued to produce maps of the highest quality into the early nineteenth century. With access to the best geographic records and the finest craftsmen, the maps issued by Laurie & Whittle are among the best of the period. This map of France is a fine example, exhibiting excellent detail. Rivers and mountains are well illustrated and the departments are highlighted in contrasting colors for clarity.