Attractive map of the region around Paris, which appeared in Jean le Clerc's Theatre Geographique de France.
This map stretches from the Seine River in the south near the vicinity of Paris, which itself is quite spatially restricted. Montmartre, La Villette, and Vincennes are shown well outside the city as separate towns. In the north, the map stretches into the Oise region.
Le Clerc's Theatre sought to complete the project started by Maurice Bougeaurou in his Le Theatre Francoys, considered to be the first national atlas of France. However, Bougeaurou's work was spatially incomplete, as he was unable to get data from large parts of the country, and thus Le Clerc continued this project which would not be completed until 1642, after Le Clerc's death. This map was based on an earlier map printed by Ortelius in the Low Countries.
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.