The Conclusion of Golden Age Cartography.
In Elwe's 1792 atlas, many maps issued by De L'Isle, Ottens, Jaillot, and other 17th-century makers are here given new life. Here Elwe continues the 17th-century Franco-Dutch mapmaking tradition long after it had been surpassed by 18th-century (English) mapmakers. The atlas is an intriguing bookend on a cartographic tradition that shaped much of the modern world.
Among the atlas's complement of maps are the following: Allegorical title by J. van Monnikhuyse after L. Webbers, Louis Renard's "Planisphere" representing the Titan Atlas with a north polar azimuthal projection on his shoulders; celestial map; double-hemisphere world map; 5 maps of the continents (America in 2); regional maps of Europe (15); Russia (2); Middle East and Holy Land (4); East and Southeast Asia (4-sheet wall map, unjoined); Africa (3); and America (1).