Extremely rare Le Clerc edition of Johann Baptiste Vrients map of the region around Lake Geneva, which first apppeared in the 1603 edition of Ortelius' Theatrum Orbis Terrarum.
For this map, Le Clerc has engraved an entirely new plate, although the maps are very similar. The map was also later copied by both Hondius (c 1630) and Tavernier (c 1643).
The map is very rare. We have located two similar maps, one in the British Library, which references only Jean Le Clerc, and one in the Bibliotheque National de France, which lists Picart is catalogued with the following entry: "H. Picart fecit, Johannes Le Clerc excudit". The present example lists Picart as "Sculp."
Jean Le Clerc was an engraver, bookseller and publisher in Paris and Tours. Le Clerc may have worked with Maurice Bouguereau in the production of the Theatre Francois in 1594, as he subsequently used the plates to republish the Atlas in 1620 under the title Theatre Geographique du Royaume de France. In addition to the maps of France, the atlas included a World Map, originally engraved by Jodocus Hondius in 1608 copied from Mercator's twin hemisphere map of 1595. He also issued in 1602 maps of Africa, America, Asia and Europe, engraved by Jodocus Hondius. The map of America, which is dated 1589, but unknown in any editions earlier than the one issued by Le Clerc in 1602, is a map of considerable rarity, which some believe may pre-date Ortelius’ Maris Pacifici as the first printed map to focus on the Pacific Ocean.