Large French map, Asia, by Lois Brion de la Tour, Paris, year VII (1798)
French map of Asia, by Lois Brion de la Tour, Paris, year VII (1798) – showing a part of Australia described as ‘terres Australes’ . Titled:L’ASIEDIVISEE EN SES PRINCIPAUX ETATS OU PAYS / Par. M. Brion de la Tour, / Ing. Geographer / A PARIS / An VII (Revolutionary Calendar year 7, equivalent to 1798)
76cm x 51cm
De la Tour had been Geographer to the King, before he lost his head. This map shows the interest maintained during the revolution for geography: very soon, Bourdain would be sent by Napoleon to 'fill in the blanks' to the lower right, titled 'terres Australes'.this is basically a re-issue of his 1765 print of Asia, with a few different cartouche details, and reference to his position with the ex-King removed, along with the 'New Date' of year 7 added.