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Description

Detailed antique map of the Arabian Peninsula, Red Sea, and environs, published in Paris.

The majority of the detail in the map is in the west, including Medine (Medina) and La Mekke (Mecca).

Early locations of Bahrain and the Island of Samak (Qatar?).  Julfar also appears (Ras al Khaimah), as does Mekehoan, Calba, and Ras-olima. 

The Saudi city of Qatif (el Katif) is clearly identified.

Jean Lattré Biography

Jean Lattré (fl. 1743-1793) was a Parisian bookseller and engraver who published many maps, plans, globes, and atlases. He worked closely with other important French cartographers, including Janvier, Bonne, and Delamarche, as well as other European mapmakers, such as William Faden, Santini, and Zannoni. Lattré is also interesting due to his propensity to bring suits against those who copied his work; plagiarism was common practice in eighteenth-century cartography and mapmakers struggled to maintain proprietary maps and information.