One of the earliest maps to name the US. Shows colonies, but limits them to the region east of the Alleghanys & Appalachians. The west remains French & Indian, with forts, settlements, Indian tribes, etc. Nicely detailed & important map. Still no Vermont. Detroit is shown. Brion de la Tour apparently rushed this map into production, as it lacks the characteristic borders and is a single page map, rather than the usual double page map from his atlases.
Louis Brion de la Tour (ca. 1743-1803) was a French geographer and demographer. Little is known about Louis’ early life, but some glimpses of his professional life survive. He did achieve the title of Ingénieur Géographe du Roi. Much of his work was done in partnership with Louis Charles Desnos, who was bookseller and geographical engineer for globes to the Danish Crown. He worked on the Indicateur fidèle ou guide des voyageurs, qui enseigne toutes les routes royales between 1762 and 1785. During his career he also worked on several atlases. By 1795, he had gained a pension from the National Assembly. Perhaps this pension was granted in part because his son, also Louis Brion de la Tour (1763-1823), was an engraver who made Revolutionary prints, as well as maps.