Louis Renard

(1678 - 1746)

A French publisher and seller of maps based in Amsterdam. He worked for a time as Guillaume Delisle’s agent, but soon his market was being undermined by Pieter/Pierre Mortier, who produced cheap piracies of Delisle’s maps, and even appended his name to maps by others, in order to boost sales.

After Frederik de Wit’s death in 1710, Renard purchased a number of his stock of copper-plates, and substantially revised many of the charts and published them, in 1715, in his Atlas de la Navigation. The atlas proved popular, and subsequent editions were published by Renard in 1739, and by the brothers Reinier & Josua Ottens in 1745.