Interesting map of America, featuring the remnants of the sea of the west and a NW passage via river through an early lake Winnipeg. 16 ships and decorative cartouche. Brion De La Tour and Desnos combined to produce a series of marvelous decorative atlases in the mid to late 18th Century. The atlas was a component work, with 10 x 10 maps and varying borders and text, depending upon how much the buyer was willing to pay. This is the decorative deluxed edition, with the attractive picture frame border. Minor fold split, else a very nice example.
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.