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Rare early map of the Pays de la Loire, oriented with east at the top, by Jean Le Clerc. The map is centered on the Loire River and extending from Orleans to Amboise along the course of the river. North, the map extends Boudin and Bourges south to Chasteaudun.

The map includes several cartouches, which would be revised in a rare anonymous c. 1640 edition of this map. This map is based on a north-south oriented map of the same title engraved by Tavernier and published in Maurice Bouguereau's Le Theatre Francoys, which was the first-ever engraved map of the region. Bouguereau's Theatre was also the first national atlas of France.

Le Clerc's maps are among the rarest of all French maps; this is only the second time we have handled the item. The map originally appeared in Le Clerc's Theatre Geogr du Royaume du France.

Condition Description
Deampstain in top left and right corners of the map.
Jean Le Clerc Biography
Jean Le Clerc

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.