Large copper engraved wall map engraved by Thomas Kitchin : 2 sheets conjoined, overall sheet size: 123.3cms x 106.1cms; image size: 1270mm x 1022mm.. Original outline colouring. Scale of Degrees that includes the Common miles of England and Italy, great miles of Germany and Bohemia, common miles of Germany, and leagues of Germany, Bohemia, Switzerland, France, Silesia and Austria. An absolutely stunning and monumental two panel 1794 wall map of Germany, Bohemia, Austria and Prussia by Louis Stanislas d'Arcy Delarochette. Covers Germanic territories in full from the Baltic Sea to the Gulf of Venice. Includes Germany, Austria, Bohemia (Czech Republic), Poland, Lithuania, Prussia, Switzerland, Holland (the Netherlands), Belgium and Denmark. Offers an extraordinary level of detail throughout, noting roadways, towns, castles, monasteries, forests, swamps, rivers, cities and mountains. Even offers some offshore detail near Belgium and Holland. An elaborate allegorical title cartouche in the upper left quadrant depicts the German two headed eagle overlooking two warrior women and an assortment of military paraphernalia. Underneath to the left a horrified Medusa looks on with her squirming hair of snakes. Original folds as issued. Very good condition indeed. Laurie and Whittle (fl. 1794 - 1858) was a London, England based firm active in the late 18th and early 19th century. Generally considered to be the successors of the Robert Sayer firm, Laurie and Whittle was founded by Robert Laurie (c. 1755 - 1836) and James Whittle (1757-1818). Robert Laurie was a skilled mezzotint engraver and is known to have worked with Robert Sayer on numerous projects. James Whittle was a well known London socialite and print seller who's Fleet Street shop was a popular haunt for intellectual luminaries. The partnership began taking over the general management of Sayer's firm around 1787, however, did not alter the Sayer imprint until after Sayer's death in 1794. Apparently Laurie did most of the work in managing the firm and hence his name appeared first in the Laurie and Whittle imprint. Together Laurie and Whittle published numerous maps and atlases, often bringing in other important cartographers of the day, including Kitchin, Faden, Jefferys and others to update and modify their existing Sayer plates. Robert Laurie retired in 1812, leaving the day to day management of the firm to his son, Richard Holmes Laurie (1777 - 1858). Under R. H. Laurie and James Whittle, the firm renamed itself Whittle and Laurie. Whittle himself died in six years later in 1818, and thereafter the firm continued under the imprint of R. H. Laurie. After R. H. Laurie's death the firm and the printing stock came under control of. A. G. Findlay, who had long been connected to the Laurie and Whittle firm. Laurie and Whittle has passed through numerous permeations. Part of the firm still exists today as Imray, Laurie, Norie and Wilson Ltd., an English publisher of maritime charts. Louis Stanislaw d'Arcy Delarochette (1731 - 1802) was British cartographer active in London, England in the late 18th century. Dealrochette produced numerous maps in conjunction with various other contemporary British cartographers including Jefferys, Laurie and Whittle, Arrowsmith, and Bowles. Delarochette is best known for his monumental eight sheet map of South America, which was used to settle numerous border disputes throughout the continent.
|Map maker||Delarochette, Louis|
|Publisher||A New Universal Atlas, exhibiting all the empires, kingdoms, states, republics, et etc in the whole world. Including all the tracks and new discoveries of the British circumnavigators Biron (sic), Wallis, Carteret, Captain James Cook, Vancouver, Perouse,|
|Published at year||1796|
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