Single sheet, (21 x 24 ½ inches; 15 ¾ x 22 ¼ inches to the neat line; full margins showing the plate mark). Fine engraved map of the Lyonnais with ORIGINAL HAND COLOR IN FULL, the individual territories shown in different bold watercolors of yellow, green, and pink, the title cartouche surrounded by the coats-of-arms of each of the regions depicted (Lyonnais, Auvergne, Bourbonnais, Beaujolais, Forez, and la Marche) and HEIGHTENED WITH LIQUID GOLD, and the distance scale embellished with three figures, two male and one female, holding what appear to be cartographic tools (slight separation at old central fold not affecting the image, slightly toned).
Fine copper-engraved map with EXCEPTIONAL HAND COLOR in full, embellished with LIQUID GOLD, showing the central part of France. The title cartouche is surrounded by the coats-of-arms of each of the regions depicted (Lyonnais, Auvergne, Bourbonnais, Beaujolais, Forez, and la Marche) - although here, the last three have been left blank (seen also in other copies). Important cities are indicated with a dot of LIQUID GOLD, including: Gort, Limoges, Belac, Gueret, Nevers, Moulins, Bourbon lancy, Clermont en Auvergne, Thiers, Flour, le Puy en Velay, Villefranche, Beaujeu, and Rouanne.
The Lyonnais is a historical province of France, which gets its name from the city of Lyon. "As a former province or gouvernement of the ancient regime, Lyonnais was bounded on the north by Burgundy; on the east by Dombes, Bresse, and Dauphine; on the south by Languedoc; and on the west by Auvergne and Bourbonnais. The older Lyonnais comprised the territory dependent on Lyon west of the Saone and Rhone rivers as far as the Lyonnais Mountains, east of the Rhone in the immediate vicinity of Lyon, and east of the Saone north of Lyon. It included the country around Vimy (Neufville-sur-Saone), which had the right to vote its own taxes and so was called the Franc-Lyonnais. The province was formed in the 16th century when Beaujolais and Forez were merged with the older Lyonnais" (Encyclopedia Brittanica).