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Jean Le Clerc was an engraver, bookseller and publisher in Paris and Tours.

Le Clerc was baptized on August 16, 1560 in Paris, with the engraver François Desprez (1530–1587) and the painter Jérôme Bollery (1532–1592) as his godfathers. He came from a family of printers and publishers - Jean's younger brother David Le Clerc (1561–1613) and Jean's own son Jean Le Clerc V were both book printers and publishers.

He had proved himself by 1587, at which date he was living and working on Rue Chartière in Paris. For religous reasons, as a Huguenot he fled Paris in 1588 and spent a year elsewhere in France. From 1590 to 1594 he took refuge in Tours, where he worked with the publisher and cartographer Maurice Bouguereau (15??–1596), who created Le Theatre Francoys, the first atlas of France.  Le Clerc later worked at several different addresses in Paris - on Rue Saint-Jean-de-Latran until 1610 and then on Rue Saint-Jacques until 1621/24.

Jean Le Clerc's publications included portraits, maps, contemporary news events and other engravings by Jacques Granthomme (1560–1613), Pierre Firens (1580–1636) and Léonard Gaultier (1561–1635). He collaborated with the Dutch printmaker Thomas de Leu (1560–1612) to produce a collection of 179 biblical scenes, allegories, calendar pages and other works, probably published in 1606.  They both produced engravings for it themselves as well as using works by Justus Sadeler (1580–1620), Isaac Briot (1585–1670) and Nicolas Briot (1579–1646).

On December 20, 1619 Le Clerc was granted a six-year royal concession to "engrave maps of the provinces of France and portraits of patriarchs and princes of the Hebrew people, with a chronological history". In 1620 he published his Le Théâtre géographique du Royaume de France, including newer plates as well as reworked plates from Bouguereau's work. The new plates were produced by artists such as Jean Fayen (1530–1616), Jodocus Hondius (1563–1612), Salomon Rogiers (1592–1640) and Hugues Picart (1587–1664). It went through several editions and Jean Le Clerc V continued to reissue it after his father's death.

Place/Date:
Paris / 1600 circa
Size:
8.5 x 11 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
80482
Place/Date:
Paris / 1612 circa
Size:
16.5 x 13 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
78492
Place/Date:
Paris / 1616
Size:
18.5 x 13.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
78493
Place/Date:
Paris / 1616
Size:
18.5 x 13.5 inches
Condition:
Good
Stock#:
79344
Place/Date:
Paris / 1617 circa
Size:
17 x 12.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
75619
Place/Date:
Paris / 1617
Size:
17.5 x 13 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
78496
Place/Date:
Paris / 1619 circa
Size:
17.5 x 13 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
78494
Place/Date:
Paris / 1620 circa
Size:
17.5 x 12.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
48613
Place/Date:
Paris / 1620
Size:
18 x 14 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
62924
Place/Date:
Paris / 1620
Size:
15.5 x 13 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
79526
Place/Date:
Paris / 1621
Size:
16 x 12.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
22465
Place/Date:
Paris / 1621
Size:
17.5 x 13.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
75575
Place/Date:
Paris / 1625
Size:
14 x 17.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
51661
Place/Date:
n.p. / 1630 circa
Size:
17 x 14 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
50627
Place/Date:
Paris / 1632
Size:
19 x 14.5 inches
Condition:
VG-
Stock#:
50570
Place/Date:
Paris / 1650
Size:
18 x 14 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
48616

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Place/Date:
London? (Paris) / 1589 (1602)
Size:
18.5 x 12.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
10582
Place/Date:
London? (Paris) / 1589 (1602)
Size:
18.5 x 12.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
13757
Place/Date:
Paris / 1602 (1620)
Size:
20 x 13 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
0071
Place/Date:
Paris / 1602
Size:
20 x 13 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
17613
Place/Date:
Paris / 1602
Size:
20 x 13 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
29753
Place/Date:
Paris / 1602
Size:
20 x 13 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
55311
Place/Date:
Paris / 1612 circa
Size:
18 x 14 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
40640
Place/Date:
Paris / 1617 (ca)
Size:
17 x 12.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
11643
Place/Date:
Paris / 1619
Size:
17.5 x 13 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
10522
Place/Date:
Paris / 1619
Size:
18 x 14 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
18659
Place/Date:
Paris / 1619 ?
Size:
18 x 14 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
18658
Place/Date:
Paris / 1619
Size:
20 x 14 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
25706
Place/Date:
Paris / 1619
Size:
20 x 14 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
0047gh
Place/Date:
Paris / 1619
Size:
16.5 x 13 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
57459
Place/Date:
Paris / 1619
Size:
19.5 x 14.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
77375
Place/Date:
Paris / 1620 circa
Size:
13 x 18 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
48574
Place/Date:
Paris / 1620
Size:
15.5 x 13 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
48634
Place/Date:
Paris / 1621
Size:
16 x 12.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
48580
Place/Date:
Paris / 1630 circa
Size:
13.5 x 16.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
48601
Place/Date:
Paris / 1640 circa
Size:
15.5 x 20 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
48602
Place/Date:
Paris / 1640 circa
Size:
13 x 17.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
48656