Quarto (280 x 230 mm.), full contemporary mottled calf, gilt ruled panels, spine with raised bands, each compartment with elaborate ornate floral gilt design, red calf gilt title label affixed, with marbled endpapers. With ornate double page title engraved by C. Varin and 22 double page maps, all in early outline colour. Excellent condition overall.
Abbe Grenet (1750-) was a geographer and professor at Lisieux. From about 1782 he published the ‘Atlas Portatif a l’Usage des Colleges’ on France. The maps are based on the work of Rigobert Bonne (1727-95) and drawn by Eustache Herrison (1759-) who was his pupil. They are engraved largely by Perrier and Gaspard Andre, the latter providing the writing. This example bears maps dating from 1782-86, the general map being dated that latest. The year 1786 was an evolving one with the political system falling apart in France which would lead to the French Revolution shortly after. The atlas is dedicated to the University of Paris. Phillips 8456; Tooley Dictionary.