From A Distinguished 19th Century French Collection
Detailed large format map of the British Isles.
The map shows England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, with the counties of each hand-colored individually.
The map includes a translation of commonly used English toponyms into French.
The map includes the stamp of Capitaine Bocher, which would be René Paul Emmanuel Bocher.
René Paul Emmanuel Bocher (1835-1919) rose to the level of General in the French Military, Knight of the Legion of Honor, Senator, artist, engraver and was a well regarded art critic and author.
Bocher came from a distinguished family which included a senator and a general. But Bocher is known today principally as a writer on art, the author of catalogs of the works of Gavarni, Lavreince, Baudouin, Chardin, Lancret, St. Aubin and Moreau le Jeune as well as other studies.
Bocher's own collection focused on the original drawings for book illustrations, of which he had a massive and important assembly. He also had a collection of prints and drawings by Charlet, said to have been obtained from his father-in-law, the Count de Pajol. The illustration drawings were apparently sold privately and probably the Charlet prints as well, for the two auctions of Bocher’s estate, in 1921 and 1922, mention only paintings and some old master drawings among the furniture, bronzes and objets d’art.