A Truly Unusual Grouping
Interesting set of 4 joined maps, published in Paris by Clouet.
Clouet's maps of the 4 continents (America being a single continent) was first issued in 1764, with revised editions published until the 1780s. The set did not appear in a regularly published atlas and, individually, are scarce on the market.
The present set was apparently joined by an earlier owner for display, with evidence of pin holes and minor discoloration.
While it is difficult to know how long the set of 4 maps have been joined, we considered the presentation worthy of preserving.
Jean-Baptiste Louis Clouet (1730-ca. 1790) was a mapmaker with premises in both Paris and Cadiz. He was eventually named Royal Geographer of the Academie des Sciences de Rouen. Although he made several lavish wall maps, he is best known for Geographie Moderne (1776-93).